Ramanujan was born in 1887 and died at the age of 32. He independently discovered nearly 3,900 results (mostly identities and equations) during his short life. Most of his discoveries were (mostly identities and equations) thoroughly novel and proven highly unconventional results. Ramanujan’s discoveries including Ramanujan prime, Ramanujan theta function, partition formula and mock theta functions have opened new areas of work and inspired for further research. Recently, all his claims have been proven correct.
To enhance the significance of this special day, here are some quotes by the man of honour Srinivasa Ramanujan that shows his love and passion towards Mathematics.
“An equation for me has no meaning, unless it expresses a thought of God.”
“To preserve my brains I want food and this is now my first consideration. Any sympathetic letter from you will be helpful to me here to get a scholarship.”
“I beg to introduce myself to you as a clerk in the Accounts Department of the Port Trust Office at Madras on a salary of only £20 per annum. I am now about 23 years of age. After leaving school I have been employing the spare time at my disposal to work at Mathematics”
“No, it is a very interesting number, it is the smallest number expressible as a sum of two cubes in two different ways”
“While asleep, I had an unusual experience. There was a red screen formed by flowing blood, as it were. I was observing it. Suddenly a hand began to write on the screen. I became all attention. That hand wrote a number of elliptic integrals. They stuck to my mind. As soon as I woke up, I committed them to writing.”