Friday, December 22, 2017

22 December - National Mathematics Day - India

22 December - Birthday of Sreenivasa Ramanujam, a mathematics genius of India.

Prime Minister declared  that 22 December will be National Mathematics Day.
It is the birthday of Sreenivasa Ramanujam, a mathematics genius of India.



Srinivasa Ramanujan - Biography

Srinivasa Ramanujan (22 December 1887 – 26 April 1920) was a mathematician, who made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions.

Ramanujan independently compiled nearly 3900 results (mostly identities and equations). 

Ramanujan went to Cambridge in 1914. Hardy, his collaborator at Cambridge said Ramanujan could have become an outstanding mathematician if his skills had been recognized earlier. It was said about his talents of continued fractions and hypergeometric series that, “he was unquestionably one of the great masters.” It was due to his sharp memory, calculative mind, patience and insight that he was a great formalist of his days.

G.H. Hardy spoke on some of Ramanujan’s (as yet unpublished) research at the London Mathematical Society at the monthly meeting on 11 June 1914. June 11 is a landmark date for modern Indian mathematics.

He got elected as the fellow in 1918 at the Trinity College at Cambridge and the Royal Society. He departed from this world on April 26, 1920.

In 1918, Hardy and Ramanujan studied the partition function P(n) extensively and gave a non-convergent asymptotic series that permits exact computation of the number of partitions of an integer. Hans Rademacher, in 1937, was able to refine their formula to find an exact convergent series solution to this problem. Ramanujan and Hardy's work in this area gave rise to a powerful new method for finding asymptotic formulae, called the circle method.

He discovered mock theta functions in the last year of his life.For many years these functions were a mystery, but they are now known to be the holomorphic parts of harmonic weak Maass forms.

The Ramanujan conjecture

Ramanujam has many conjectures to his credit

One conjecture has connection with conjectures of André Weil in algebraic geometry that opened up new areas of research. Ramanujan conjecture is an assertion on the size of the tau-function, which has as generating function the discriminant modular form Δ(q), a typical cusp form in the theory of modular forms. It was finally proven in 1973, as a consequence of Pierre Deligne's proof of the Weil conjectures. The reduction step involved is complicated. Deligne won a Fields Medal in 1978 for his work on Weil conjectures.


Hardy-Ramanujan number 1729

The number 1729 is known as the Hardy–Ramanujan number after a famous anecdote of the British mathematician G. H. Hardy In Hardy's words:
The two different ways are
1729 = 13 + 123 = 93 + 103.

Some Books on publications by Ramanujan

Srinivasa Ramanujan, G. H. Hardy, P. V. Seshu Aiyar, B. M. Wilson, Bruce C. Berndt (2000). Collected Papers of Srinivasa Ramanujan. AMS. ISBN 0-8218-2076-1.
 It contains the 37 papers published in professional journals by Ramanujan during his lifetime.

S. Ramanujan (1957). Notebooks (2 Volumes). Bombay: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

S. Ramanujan (1988). The Lost Notebook and Other Unpublished Papers. New Delhi: Narosa. ISBN 3-540-18726-X.
This book contains photo copies of the pages of the "Lost Notebook".

Problems posed by Ramanujan, Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society.

S. Ramanujan (2012). Notebooks (2 Volumes). Bombay: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

Current Mathematics Genius Professor Manjul Bhargava

India Questions Math Genius Professor Manjul Bhargava: Full Transcript
India | | Updated: January 21, 2015

Professor Manjul Bhargava has been awarded the Fields Medal in Mathematics (awarded once in four years only).

Manjul Bhargava - Lecture at Techfest 2015, IIT Bombay



Mathematics - Achievements of India

Mathematics in India - 2013 Book by Kim Plofker
Review by David Mumford
American Mathematics Association

Introduction from the book - chapter

India as a player in Mathematics


Presents   Distinguished Mathematics Teacher Award to enterprising and pioneering teachers of Mathematics.


Updated  22 December 2017, 22 December 2014

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