Srinivasa Ramanujan the Indian Mathematician

Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: December 21, 2012
Categories: General News

Today Google is celebrating the legacy and live of Srinivasa Ramanujan he was an Indian mathematician and autodidact who, with almost no formal training in pure mathematics, who made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions.

Srinivasa Ramanujan

It is said that Srinivasa Ramanujan was a true Genius, being in Isolation from the larger European community of Mathematicians which were mostly in Europe at the time Srinivasa Ramanujan thought  himself mathematical research and as a result he sometimes developed the same solutions to the same problems as his European colleagues without knowing it!

It is believed that Srinivasa Ramanujan was a true Genius in the same league as well known and master mathematicians like  Euler and Gauss. Srinivasa Ramanujan was born on December 22, 1887 in Erode, Madras Presidency India and passed away on the 26 April 1920 at the age of 32 in Chetput, Madras, Madras Presidency, India.

During his short lifetime he developed nearly 3900 Mathematics Results which mostly consisted of identities and equations, most of his Mathematics results and claims have been proven correct, and considering this was mostly done in isolation makes it even more remarkable.

He stated results that were both original and highly unconventional, such as the Srinivasa Ramanujan prime and the Srinivasa  Ramanujan theta function, and these have inspired a vast amount of further research. However, the mathematical mainstream has been rather slow in absorbing some of his major discoveries. The Srinivasa  Ramanujan Journal, an international publication, was launched to publish work in all areas of mathematics influenced by his work.

In December 2011, in recognition of his contribution to mathematics, the Government of India declared that Srinivasa  Ramanujan's birthday (22 December) should be celebrated every year as National Mathematics Day, and also declared 2012 the National Mathematical Year.

The Wikipedia Encyclopedia offers a complete view over the life and legacy of

Srinivasa Ramanujan

  and is well worth a read if you are interested in him and his work!

Srinivasa Ramanujan Google Doodle

In the Google Doodle of 22 December 2012 about Srinivasa Ramanujan there is a small boy drawing mathematical equations in the sand, it looks like his friends are looking at his drawings but looks like they are more interested in playing games and sport.

The Google Doodle represents Srinivasa  Ramanujan life and legacy in a fun way and we believe they have done a brilliant job portraying his life and legacy today!