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 :
 The house where Srinivasa Ramanujan lived.
 The schoolwhere Srinivasa Ramanujan studied.
The house where Srinivasa Ramanujan lived

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 meatvending, "nonvegetarian" 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 businessminded commercant neighbours.
The place is very cleanly maintained, and is open the
whole day (usual working hours), seven days a week, with freeofcost entry, and must be visited by all admirers of mathematics.


The school where Srinivasa Ramanujan studied
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).


More about Ramanujan :
 Try this quiz first:
How much do you know about Ramanujan ?
 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.
 Here is a mustsee website devoted to Ramanujan
 Essentials of Ramanujan's mathematics
 Why is Ramanujan still jobless ?
 Ramanujan chronology
 The story of Janaki ammal  Ramanujan's wife
 Ramanujan and the taxi cab
 Ramanujan and the taxi cab... again
* Why is 1729 so special ?
1729 and Ramanujan
* Why is 251 called the taxi cab's little brother ?
 163 and Ramanujan
 What is so special about this magic square
?
 There is no magic !

The mystery of the illness which killed him.
 The man who discovered the man who knew infinity
 More about the man who
discovered the man who knew infinity

When the Professor told a lie
 Ramanujan deserves more than
this.
 The SASTRA Ramanujan Prize , our way of paying
tribute to the genius from Kumbakonam.
 ICTP, Trieste, Italy awards the The Ramanujan
Prize for young mathematicians from developing countries.
 It took almost a century, and a Professor from Tokyo,
to locate
the house where Ramanujan was born !
 Did the stars foretell anything ?
 Ramanujan in the news
 Take a look at some mathsrelated books
 We are still not taking Ramanujan seriously:
Example #1 
Example #2 I have informed both the concerned
parties, to correct their errors.
 When a mother
almost killed her own son
 How his last contribution to maths :
"mock theta functions" was
lost and found later by accident.
 Have you heard about the The blackened coarse elbow of Ramanujan ?
 An extraordinary documentary :
The Mathematician & His Legacy
 The Sequel (coming in April 2020) : After
Ramanujan left us
Watch this space ! This page keeps growing !


Only a genius can think of something like this:
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
Take a look at :
Casting pearls before ...
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