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Remembering Ramanujan

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22 December 1887 -- 26 April 1920

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Who says maths is boring ?

A trip to Kumbakonam, in Tamilnadu, India, is usually seen as an opportunity to visit the innumerable number of Temples and shrines in the region.

For me, it was a very different experience.

Kumbakonam is closely related to a genius called Srinivasa Ramanujan, the outstanding Indian mathematician, who made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. My trip to Kumbakonam, in June 2016, gave me the chance to visit two sacred and inspiring places which reminded me of Srinivasa Ramanujan :
  1. The house where Srinivasa Ramanujan lived.

  2. The school where Srinivasa Ramanujan studied.

The house where Srinivasa Ramanujan lived

ramnujanhouse1 Do NOT get carried away by the looks of this house. This is where the mathematician inside Ramanujan grew up and blossomed. This old, tiny, unimpressive, tiled house is an inspiring monument which will remind visitors about the genius called Ramanujan.

The house is flanked by two unlikely neighbours (who were most certainly not there when Ramaujan was around) :
  • A meat-vending, "non-vegetarian" restaurant (Ramanujan was a strict vegetarian coming from an orthodox Hindu, Brahmin family).

    Surprisingly, this incongruous neighbour is also located at a stone's throw from a very important and sacred Hindu temple. (But, why should anyone care for such trivia ?).

  • A huge store/shop selling construction materials.

The saving grace comes from the efforts of a nearby University which has acquired the house, and made it into a memorial monument for the greatest modern mathematician born in India. But for this initiative, Ramanujan's house would have been long since devoured by these business-minded commercant neighbours.

The place is very cleanly maintained, and is open the whole day (usual working hours), seven days a week, with free-of-cost entry, and must be visited by all admirers of mathematics.
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The school where Srinivasa Ramanujan studied

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This 152 year old school (known earlier as Town High School), boasts of having initiated Ramanujan into mathematics. It has now on proud display, a bust of its most famous student. Many people visit this school today, to draw inspiration from the "man who knew infinity".

This school is a landmark in itself, and is located in Kumbakonam downtown. Ramanujan's home (mentioned above) is just about a kilometre away (approximately a 15 minute walk).
ramnujanschool6 More about Ramanujan :
  1. Try this quiz first:
    How much do you know about Ramanujan ? pdf


  2. This page, belonging to a very good site for maths biographies, contains many useful links. I found (and have reported) a minor error in this page, concerning Ramanujan's place of death.
  3. Here is a must-see website devoted to Ramanujan
  4. Essentials of Ramanujan's mathematics
  5. Why is Ramanujan still jobless ? pdf
  6. Ramanujan chronology pdf
  7. The story of Janaki ammal -- Ramanujan's wife pdf
  8. Ramanujan and the taxi cab
  9. Ramanujan and the taxi cab... again pdf
    * Why is 1729 so special ?
    1729 and Ramanujan video
    * Why is 251 called the taxi cab's little brother ?
  10. 163 and Ramanujan video
  11. What is so special about this magic square video ?
  12. There is no magic ! pdf
  13. The mystery of the illness which killed him.
  14. The man who discovered the man who knew infinity
  15. More about the man who discovered the man who knew infinity
  16. When the Professor told a lie
  17. Ramanujan deserves more than this.
  18. The SASTRA Ramanujan Prize , our way of paying tribute to the genius from Kumbakonam.
  19. ICTP, Trieste, Italy awards the The Ramanujan Prize for young mathematicians from developing countries.
  20. It took almost a century, and a Professor from Tokyo,
    to locate the house where Ramanujan was born !
  21. Did the stars foretell anything ?
  22. Ramanujan in the news
  23. Take a look at some maths-related books
  24. Casting pearls before swines
  25. We are still not taking Ramanujan seriously:
    Example #1
    | Example #2
    I have informed both the concerned parties, to correct their errors.

  26. An extra-ordinary documentary :
    The Mathematician & His Legacy video
Watch this space !
This page keeps growing !
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Only a genius can think of something like this:

ugly pdf


Thank GOD ! We did'nt have to learn this in school.


The next time you visit Kumbakonam, make sure you drop in at the above two places.
I feel sad to report these discoveries:
Where ignorance is bliss
Where ignorance is bliss ... a sequel.
The mystery of the missing museum

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