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Srinivasa Ramanujan

Data urodzenia: 22. Grudzień 1887
Data zgonu: 26. Kwiecień 1920

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Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan - indyjski matematyk. Ramanujan nie miał pełnego wykształcenia matematycznego, był genialnym samoukiem. Mawiał, że bogini Namagiri zsyła mu natchnienie, wzory i wyniki w snach.

W 1976 r. w Trinity College znaleziono pudełko z 130-stronicowym zbiorem kartek, zwanym potem Zaginionym notatnikiem. Jego spuścizna matematyczna to ok. 4000 wzorów. Niektórych z jego liczbowych zależności, będących najczęściej zaczątkiem nowych teorii, nikt dotąd nie jest w stanie udowodnić.

Jego funkcje modularne, a zwłaszcza tzw. funkcja Ramanujana, są wykorzystywane m.in. w teorii superstrun.

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Cytaty Srinivasa Ramanujan

„Równanie nie ma dla mnie żadnego znaczenia, jeżeli nie wyraża jakiejś myśli Boga.“

—  Srinivasa Ramanujan
Źródło: Robert Kanigel, The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan (1992)

„Sir, an equation has no meaning for me unless it expresses a thought of GOD“

—  Srinivasa Ramanujan
Context: Sir, an equation has no meaning for me unless it expresses a thought of GOD. Statement to a friend<!-- perhaps Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan himself — unable to verify this as yet — online renditions of the quote and this book do not provide sufficient clarity of citation. ~ Kalki -->, quoted in Ramanujan, the Man and the Mathematician (1967) by Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan, p. 88 <!-- Asia Publishing House Bombay --> Variant: An equation means nothing to me unless it expresses a thought of God. Quotations by 60 Greatest Indians http://resourcecentre.daiict.ac.in/eresources/iresources/quotations.html

„I beg to introduce myself to you as a clerk in the Accounts Department of the Port Trust Office at Madras... I have no University education but I have undergone the ordinary school course. After leaving school I have been employing the spare time at my disposal to work at Mathematics. I have not trodden through the conventional regular course which is followed in a University course, but I am striking out a new path for myself. I have made a special investigation of divergent series in general and the results I get are termed by the local mathematicians as "startling".... Very recently I came across a tract published by you styled Orders of Infinity in page 36 of which I find a statement that no definite expression has been as yet found for the number of prime numbers less than any given number. I have found an expression which very nearly approximates to the real result, the error being negligible. I would request that you go through the enclosed papers. Being poor, if you are convinced that there is anything of value I would like to have my theorems published. I have not given the actual investigations nor the expressons that I get but I have indicated the lines on which I proceed. Being inexperienced I would very highly value any advice you give me. Requesting to be excused for the trouble I give you. I remain, Dear Sir, Yours truly...“

—  Srinivasa Ramanujan
Letter to G. H. Hardy, (16 January 1913), published in Ramanujan: Letters and Commentary American Mathematical Society (1995) History of Mathematics, Vol. 9

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