logo

Video encyclopedia

Srinivasa Ramanujan

2:33

When a young Srinivasa Ramanujan taught the world why inhibition is the enemy of innovation.

2:31

The Man Who Knew Infinity Official Trailer #1 (2016) - Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons Movie HD

2:33

Srinivasa Iyengar Ramanujan: A self-taught Mathematician | #knowYourHero - 2

2:52

La increíble historia de Srinivasa Ramanujan

2:25

Ramanujan - Official Theatrical Trailer

Srinivasa Ramanujan FRS was an Indian mathematician who lived during the British Rule in India. Though he had almost no formal training in pure mathematics, he made substantial contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions, including solutions to mathematical problems then considered unsolvable. Ramanujan initially developed his own mathematical research in isolation: "He tried to interest the leading professional mathematicians in his work, but failed for the most part. What he had to show them was too novel, too unfamiliar, and additionally presented in unusual ways; they could not be bothered". Seeking mathematicians who could better understand his work, in 1913 he began a postal partnership with the English mathematician G. H. Hardy at the University of Cambridge, England. Recognizing Ramanujan's work as extraordinary, Hardy arranged for him to travel to Cambridge. In his notes, Ramanujan had produced groundbreaking new theorems, including some that Hardy said had "defeated him and his colleagues completely", in addition to rediscovering recently proven but highly advanced results.
  • Personal 

  • Adulthood in India 

  • Life in England 

  • Mathematical achievements 

  • Hardy–Ramanujan number 1729 

  • Mathematicians' views of Ramanujan 

  • Posthumous recognition 

  • In popular culture 

  • Further works of Ramanujan's mathematics