Srinivasa Ramanujan was a great mathematician. A prodigy in mathematics, Srinivasa had no formal education in pure mathematics and yet, he made significant contributions to the field of infinite series, number theories, analysis and fractions. He even provided solutions to mathematical problems that were deemed to be unsolvable by other geniuses. He faced failure in his early years and also suffered financially, but managed to attend the ‘University of Cambridge’ with the help of G.H Hardy, who was quite impressed with his work. In his short life, Ramanujam made ground-breaking contribution in the field of mathematics. A peer-reviewed scientific journal ‘The Ramanujan Journal’ was established to publish all mathematical work. He died at 32. Below are some of his quotes on mathematics, science, brain, numbers, and God.
An equation means nothing to me 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.
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.
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.