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Casting pearls before swines.
Today (22 December) happens to be the birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan,
a brilliant mathematician who created some incredible mathematics which is
used in a wide variety of fields. Some years ago, after several proddings, the Government of India declared 22 December to be the national mathematics
day. Predictably, the celebrations stopped with that declaration. We continue to bask in our ignorance and indifference, given that many of our so-called mathematicians and institutions remain blissfully ignorant of this great mathematical genius. We do not even know how to celebrate or worship Ramanujan, much less understand or appreciate him. Year after year, I have tried to convince my neighbourhood schools to spend some time talking about mathematics seriously (other than routine classroom lectures). I even compiled and made available on the web, a lot of material about Ramanujan. But no one even noticed it. I have not succeeded in making any dent in their mindset. Maybe, two can lead a horse to the water, but two hundred cannot make the animal sing, if it is a donkey or a swine.
Here are some more discoveries I made:
- Where ignorance is bliss
- Where ignorance is bliss … a
- The sequel to a sequel
- Ramanujan deserves more than this
- Remembering Ramanujan
My own humble tribute to the genius, in my own little way:
“Tamaso maa jyothirgamaya” (lead us from darkness to light — a famous Hindu prayer)
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I have had some issues with my health, for the past few months. But, I did not let this hinder me from pushing my mind to do more things. I had to cut down several physical activities, and I managed to increase activities involving my mind and thoughts. I have created a richer and more informative web presence.
Hope this trend will continue.
No one achieved anything without trying. A person is a failure when he accepts defeat without trying. Given this fact of life, I am trying to climb Everest with just a blind man’s cane. Don’t know what I will find there or on the way up or how far will I go. But I will not stop trying.
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