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Ajit Balakrishnan: On the man who knew infinity

Reflections on mathematics, teaching and Ramanujan at a film theatre

Ajit Balakrishnan 

Ajit Balakrishnan Last Saturday morning, I found myself emerging from a Mumbai cinema teary-eyed, at the end of the movie The Man Who Saw Infinity - the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a "self-taught" mathematician from Madras (now Chennai) and a clerk in the Madras Port Trust, who got himself invited to do research in advanced mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1914, and who had to return to India five years later because of ill-health, to die of tuberculosis. I stood there trying to decode the sudden rush of tears in my eyes. Was it because Ramanujan was a mere 32 when he died, or was it ...

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First Published: Mon, May 16 2016. 21:50 IST
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