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Srinivas Ramanujan

Srinivas Ramanujan

Srinivasa Ramanujan was a great Indian mathematician. He is counted among the greatest mathematicians of modern times. He was the second Indian to become a member of the Royal Society and the first to become a member of Trinity College in Cambridge. He died at a very young age, but he left behind many great achievements. Based on his talent and passion, he made wonderful inventions in mathematics and simultaneously illuminated the name of India in the whole world.

About Srinivas Ramanujan

Ramanujan was born on December 22, 1887, in the village of Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, to a Brahmin family. His father worked as a sari store clerk, while his mother was a homemaker who sang at a neighboring temple. Ramanujan's intellectual growth as a youngster differed from that of other children. Ramanujan did not learn to talk until he was three years old. As a result, his parents wondered if he was mentally ill.

However, as soon as he was enrolled in the school, everyone was astounded by his brilliance. He topped the entire district in the primary exams at 10 and went to Town High School for additional education. He succeeded in all subjects, especially mathematics. After that, he enrolled in Town High School and spent six years there.

In nature, he was peaceful, kind, and emotional. He would take a close look at everything and begin to consider it. Ramanujan was an insatiable questioner. His professors found his queries to be a little odd at times. For example, who was the first guy in the world? How far is the earth from the clouds?

His talent began to influence other students and professors at school. During his school years, he not only studied college-level mathematics but also guided college students in trigonometry. He received a Subramaniam scholarship for good grades in math and English after passing the high school examination, and he was also recognized for further college education. The principal of his school had even found that the school's examinations were meaningless to Ramanujan.

Education of Shrinivas Ramanujan

Srinivas Ramanujan

However, a problem occurred. His love for mathematics grew to the point where he ignored other disciplines. Math was the only subject solved in history, biology, and English classrooms. Consequently, he received a perfect score in mathematics, but he failed all of his other subjects and lost his scholarship. He also attempted to attend school for a time, but Ramanujan ran away from home at seventeen when he no longer felt like it.

He enrolled in Pachayappa College in the First Year of Arts (FA). Even Ramanujan's teachers were stumped by some of the queries they couldn't answer. His mathematics teacher was shocked when he saw his notepad. He began to spend more time teaching Ramanujan to solve math problems. Ramanujan's teacher would solve the problem in 12 stages, but he would do it in three. Another professor, seeing his potential, encouraged him to work on the journal's difficulties in Math.

Everyone recognized Ramanujan as a mathematician brilliance. He used to do a three-hour math paper in 30 minutes. However, they will struggle with other topics. He used to leave the response sheet entirely blank in many papers. Everyone recognized Ramanujan as a brilliant person. However, no one could interfere because the educational system had its norms. In this way, he failed the FA test.

The end of formal education and a period of struggle

He had a terrible time for five years after graduating from high school. At this period, India was enslaved in the United States. There was terrible poverty everywhere. Shrinivas Ramanujan had neither employment nor a degree at that time. He was constantly encouraged to follow the road of duty by his religion and respect. It was a deep belief in God and a strong belief in mathematics if there was anything.

Namagiri Devi was considered a domestic goddess by Shrinivas Ramanujan and his family. They were angry that they could not maintain their family even if they wanted to. The unwavering faith in the goddess did not let him down despite the adversity, and he continued to study math and also worked as a math's teacher. In this job, he was earning five rupees per month and lived off that.

Shrinivas Ramanujan's contribution to mathematics

He first arrived in Madras in search of work. He went from house to house, seeking assistance from his friends. His notebooks, in which he wrote many arithmetic questions and theorems, were the main evidence of his ability. Many people, however, turned him down because he lacked a degree.

Only a few persons were aware of his abilities. Shri V. Ramaswamy Iyer, the Deputy Collector, was one of them. Mr. Iyer saw Ramanujan's potential. Although Mr. Iyer did not provide him with a job, he did arrange a monthly scholarship of Rs.25 for him through the District Magistrate Shri Ramachandra Rao so that Ramanujan may write for the Mathematical Society's magazine.

For a year, Ramanujan contributed research articles and inquiries to the publication. Slowly but surely, everyone's gaze was drawn to him. Officer-in-Charge Sir Francis Spring and Narayan Iyer sent him to the Madras Port of Trust as an Accounting Clerk. He used to receive 30 rupees in this job.

Srinivas Ramanujan's Marriage

One day Ramanujan's mother had gone out with many of her friends. She met Janki, a 9-year-old girl. The girl's innocent look and mischievous eyes attracted Ramanujan's mother. Seeing her son's future deteriorating with mathematics, his mother married him in 1908 to a girl named Janaki. After marriage, forgetting everything and drowning in mathematics was impossible for him. As a result, Ramanujan set out in search of an excellent opportunity.

Srinivasa Ramanujan discovery

  • Ramanujan wrote more than 3000 theorems.
  • Approximations to Pi and modular equations
  • For five years in England, Ramanujan worked mostly in the subject of number theory.

Srinivasa Ramanujan number

  • Ramanujan number is a natural number that can be represented in two different ways by the sum of the cubes of two numbers. Example, {93+103=13+123=1729}
  • Ramanujan numbers are 1729, 4104, 20683, 39312, 40033 etc.

Death of Srinivasa Ramanujan

At 32, Ramanujan died at Kumbakonam, India, on April 26, 1920. Hepatic amoebiasis, an intestine ailment, was most likely the cause of his death.

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