Expressing a thought of God: Ramanujan (1887–1920)


Peter Merrotsy


On the occasion of the centenary of his death, this article revisits the life and times of the Indian mathematician Ramanujan. His cultural and social background are detailed, his educational experiences are explored, and the extraordinary nature of his mathematical discoveries are outlined. Ramanujan’s story shows that giftedness may be found anywhere, including in the most disadvantaged, unexpected and unforgiving places. It is also a clear reminder of the handicap that poverty brings to achieving potential, and of the damage that can be done by an inflexible educational system.


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Keywords: Ramanujan, India, mathematician, poverty, genius