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    Honorable Ramanujan - A great mathematician.

    Every year on December 22, Mathematics Day is celebrated on the birthday of Ramanujan, the great mathematician of India. Ramanujan has made his valuable contribution in the field of mathematics. Although great personalities like Aryabhata, Brahmagupta, Mahavir, Bhaskar II have also played an important role in this field in the past, Ramanujan showed signs of a clear talent at a very young age, and Fraction, Infinite Series, Number Theory, His contributions about Mathematical Analysis, etc. set an example in Mathematics.

    Math is a subject in which rote is not going to work. Here, the concept of easy-going practice is applied. That is, if you want to practice mathematics, you have to practice a lot.

    I request other authors that if you too are a math lover, then share your experience and ways to make math easier so that the fear of math can be removed from the minds of children. It is a tribute to the honorable Ramanujan on behalf of us.
  • #718501
    A tribute to a genius:

    During the time Srinivasa Ramanujan was trying to prove his mettle as a mathematician, there was a phase when people struggled to decide whether he was a "real genius or a crank". 
    When he presented his ideas to Indian Mathematical Society founder member Ramachandra Rao in the early years of the 20th century, the latter noted that he saw "quite at once that there was something out of the way; but my knowledge did not permit me to judge whether he talked sense or nonsense".
    But it wasn't long before Ramanujan had put all doubts to rest. By the time he died at the age of 32, the genius of this self-taught mathematician was a subject of global renown, drawing parallels with the greats of the field from centuries past.  
    Ramanujan displayed advanced mathematical cognition as a child. Before he was a teenager, he had exhausted college-level mathematics courses. His affinity for the subject reached a new depth at the age of 15 when he came across mathematician G.S. Carr's 1886 book Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics, which contained 6,000 theorems and their proofs. Ramanujan verified the theorems listed by Carr in the book and started to develop his theorems at home. 
    He also independently studied other mathematical concepts like the Bernoulli rational numbers when he was still in school. 
    In 1904, at the age of 17, he joined the Government Arts College in Kumbakonam. Because he devoted all his energy to mathematics, he could not graduate other courses and dropped out of college. Pursuing independent research in mathematics, with no formal training and working as a clerk, Ramanujan spent his late teens in extreme poverty, often with less than enough to eat. 
    In 1910, the 23-year-old newly-married Ramanujan met the founder and secretary of the Indian Mathematical Society, V. Ramaswamy Aiyer, who introduced him to mathematical circles in the country. What followed was a stint as a researcher at the University of Madras.
    In 1913, Ramanujan mailed a manuscript of his independently developed mathematical theorems to renowned Cambridge mathematician G.H. Hardy, who immediately recognised the advanced and complex nature of the unknown man's work. 
    Along with the support of famed mathematicians J.E. Littlewood and Gilbert Walker, Hardy convinced Ramanujan to enrol at Trinity College in Cambridge, UK. Here, he collaborated with Hardy and Littlewood for five years, while also independently working on his research. He was often compared to the great 19th-century German mathematician Carl Gustav Jacobi, who made groundbreaking advancements in mathematics. 
    He obtained a Bachelor of Arts by Research degree in March 1916 for his work on highly composite numbers. He made monumental contributions to the fields of elliptic functions, number theory, mathematical analysis, infinite series, continued fractions, and theta functions. 
    He was subsequently elected to the London Mathematical Society and became one of the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society. He was also the first Indian Fellow of Trinity College. 
    Ramanujan was plagued by illnesses through most of his life, primarily driven by malnutrition. During his growing years in India, Ramanujan grew up in a poor family. Later, when he was a struggling independent researcher away from home, he often went to bed hungry. 
    After moving to Cambridge, he struggled as a vegetarian in England — a situation worsened by rationing during the First World War from 1914-18. Additionally, the English weather didn't sit well with Ramanujan, who was born and raised in the tropical climes of Tamil Nadu.
    Ramanujan had already struggled to get operated for hydrocele testis (accumulation of fluid in a testicle) while in India. He had also suffered from bouts of dysentery. In Cambridge, his health started to deteriorate in 1917, and he was diagnosed with a severe vitamin deficiency. He was admitted to multiple hospitals and sanatoria for chronic illness, before recovering just enough to board a ship to Bombay in 1919. 
    Upon arrival in India, his condition worsened and he became emaciated. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis and gastric ulcers. He suffered from severe pulmonary damage, likely from hepatic amoebiasis. Ramanujan died in April 1920 at Kumbakonam.

  • #718503
    I wish all the best to all the members of ISC on the occasion of Mathematics day. Today is the birthday of Ramanujan, the great mathematician of India. His contributions to the field of mathematics are immense. He is a fellow of the royal society. He was treated as a human calculator. I pay my respects to this great person on the day of his birthday. Mathematics is a subject which sharpens our mind and it builds a bridge between science and the human being. As a matter of fact, mathematics is the heart of all scientific calculations and theories also.
    always confident

  • #718544
    We cannot forget the inventions of late Ramanujan in the field of Mathematics. He was so passionate in this area that he had to drop his normal graduation course since he did not have the time to go through the other optional subjects.
    However, his talent was recognised by lot of mathematicians such as Hardy, Littlewood, Carl, Jacobi etc and even got a lot of encouragements from the mathematicians. He could have contributed much more in this subject but because of his ill health mainly due nutrional deficiency, he died at the age of 32 due to his inability to afford the medical expenses. Hence we lost the genius at his prime age. However, his contributions would make him immortal in the times ahead.

  • #718550
    Ramanujam was a great Mathematical genius. His contributions in Mathematics are unforgettable. He was treated with much respect and awe wherever he went and communicated with other people. I salute to late Ramanujam and feel pride that he was a true Indian scientist. People like Ramnujam are the jewels of India History. We must keep his memory in our hurt and direct our new gene ratio to read about that great Mathematician.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #718556
    On this day we are all duty bound to remember and cherish the great mathematics which was so easy for him and he virtually played enjoyed the subject more ease during his days. For many including many Maths is the difficult subject as one has to remember the formulas and the sequence to be followed. Though the subject seems to be easy in the primary classes, as the class grow by we are also introduced with new way of mathematics and thus proved to be very challenging. At least from the icons like Ramanujan we can get rid of fear for Maths and try to learn more about the subject.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #718658
    Ramanujan was a grey scholar of Mathematics and was appreciated and accoladed by the world level scholars of his time. It is really good to remember such a great scholar who had given Mathematics a new meaning.
    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

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