It is one of the most romantic stories in the history of mathematics: in 1913, the English mathematician G. H. Hardy received a strange letter from an unknown clerk in Madras, India. The ten-page letter contained about 120 statements of theorems on infinite series, improper integrals, continued fractions, and number theory (Here is a .dvi file with a sample of these results). Every prominent mathematician gets letters from cranks, and at first glance Hardy no doubt put this letter in that class. But something about the formulas made him take a second look, and show it to his collaborator J. E. Littlewood. After a few hours, they concluded that the results "must be true because, if they were not true, no one would have had the imagination to invent them".

Thus was Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920) introduced to the mathematical world. Born in South India, Ramanujan was a promising student, winning academic prizes in high school. But at age 16 his life took a decisive turn after he obtained a book titled A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics. The book was simply a compilation of thousands of mathematical results, most set down with little or no indication of proof. It was in no sense a mathematical classic; rather, it was written as an aid to coaching English mathematics students facing the notoriously difficult Tripos examination, which involved a great deal of wholesale memorization. But in Ramanujan it inspired a burst of feverish mathematical activity, as he worked through the book's results and beyond. Unfortunately, his total immersion in mathematics was disastrous for Ramanujan's academic career: ignoring all his other subjects, he repeatedly failed his college exams.

As a college dropout from a poor family, Ramanujan's position was precarious. He lived off the charity of friends, filling notebooks with mathematical discoveries and seeking patrons to support his work. Finally he met with modest success when the Indian...

...SrinivasaRamanujan Biography
Born: December 22, 1887 Died: April 26, 1920 Achievements: Ramanujan independently discovered results of Gauss, Kummer and others on hypergeometric series. Ramanujan's own work on partial sums and products of hypergeometric series have led to major development in the topic. His most famous work was on the number p(n) of partitions of an integer n into summands. SrinivasaRamanujan was a...

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Biography and Contribution of SRINIVASARAMANUJAN
Born Died
22 December 1887, Erode, Madras Presidency 26 April 1920 (aged 32), Chetput, Madras, Madras Presidency
Residence Kumbakonam Nationality Indian Fields Alma mater Mathematics Government Arts College Pachaiyappa's College University of Cambridge
Academic G. H. Hardy advisors J. E. Littlewood Landau–Ramanujan constant Mock theta...

...SrinivasaRamanujanRamanujan was born in India to a poor family in Erode, a city in Madras state. His father was a clerk and his mother a deeply religious housewife. None of these facts reflect who Ramanujan really was. He was a brilliant, self-taught mathematician whose ideas caught the attention of some of the prolific mathematicians of his time to include G.H. Hardy. In this short biography we will cover both his life and his...

...SrinivasaRamanujan was one of India's greatest mathematical geniuses. He made contributions to the analytical theory of numbers and worked on elliptic functions, continued fractions, and infinite series.
Ramanujan was born in his grandmother's house in Erode on December 22, 1887. When Ramanujan was a year old his mother took him to the town of Kumbakonam, near Madras. His father worked in Kumbakonam as a clerk in a cloth merchant's...

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* SrinivasaRamanujan was born 22 of December 1887 and died 26 of April 1920.he was a well know man for what he accomplish, in life as a mathematician and many more things like, analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. he’s nationality was from Indian , he’s residence was Kumbakonam, Tamil have the access to the larger mathematical community ,it was located in Europe at the time,...

...sreenivasa ramanujan
The life of SrinivasaRamanujan is a story of pure inspiration. From a humble family background, his was a life of struggle, sacrifice, determination and raw talent. His rise from the status of a clerk to a mathematical genius is an example of the heights man is capable of reaching despite all odds.
At a very early age, Ramanujan demonstrated a natural ability for the subject, and by 13 the young genius had...

...SrinivasaRamanujan Iyengar
Loftus – 3A
SrinivasaRamanujan Iyengar was one of the greatest mathematicians in history. He was born in Erode, Tamil Nadu state, India and went to college, but dropped out because he was not focused on anything academic besides mathematics. On the bright side, a clerk in Madras, India sent a letter to an English mathematician named G. H. Hardy in England showing 120 statements of theorems on...

...A very warm good morning the teacher present and my dear colleagues.
I feel the privilege to speak few words on the legend of Mathematics, Mr. srinivasaramanujan, as today it being a Mathematics day dedicated to him only.
SrinivasaRamanujan, an incredible mathematician was born in Erode, Tamil Nadu on 22nd December 1887. He had no formal training in mathematics yet “he was a natural mathematical genius. By age 11, he had...

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