Monday, December 17, 2012


GENIUS RAMANUJAN’S 125TH BIRTHDAY - The celebration of the 125th birth anniversary of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan was kicked off at Delhi University in India on Monday. The university is holding a six-day international conference - The Legacy of Srinivasa Ramanujan - which will see a number of renowned mathematicians give lectures on Ramanujan and his work. Ramanujan was a prodigious Indian mathematician who, despite having no formal training in advanced mathematical concepts, mastered trigonometry at the age of 12 and went on to make great contributions to mathematical concepts such as number theory, infinite series and continued fractions. 
The conference was inaugurated by the Minister of Human Resource Development, MM Pallam Raju. During the conference's first day there were lectures on the life and notebook of Ramanujan. 

There were also lectures on topics such as Quantum Modular Forms and Holomorphic Projection. The university is also holding a competition on encryption for its undergraduate students. The winning teams will get to visit those places where Ramanujan worked in Chennai and Trinity College, Cambridge. The last day of the conference will also see the conferment of the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize, an annual prize that is given to a mathematician under the age of 32 who has contributed in a field influences by Ramanujan.  The Ramanujan Journal, an international publication, was launched to publish work in all areas of mathematics influenced by his work.
On the 125th anniversary of his birth, India declared the birthday of Ramanujan, December 22, as “National Mathematics Day.” The declaration was made last year by Dr. Manmohan Singh in Chennai, who stated this year, 2012, as the National Mathematics Year.

Srinivasa Ramanujan was one of India’s greatest mathematical geniuses who taught himself math. The life of Srinivasa Ramanujan is a story of pure inspiration. He was born in poor brahmin family. Ramanujan has been described as a dignified man with pleasant manners. He lived a rather Spartan life while at Cambridge. Ramanujan credited his acumen to his family Goddess, Namagiri of Namakkal. He looked to her for inspiration in his work, and claimed to dream of blood drops that symbolised her male consort, Narasimha, after which he would receive visions of scrolls of complex mathematical content unfolding before his eyes. His Indian biographers described him as rigorously orthodox and remarked on his strict observance of vegetarianism.

The purpose of all sciences should be to inquire about the nature of God. A physicist can inquire: what is the real source of the laws of nature? A chemist can inquire: who is the Supreme Chemist behind all the wonderful molecules, DNA, chlorophyll, proteins, etc.? Vedanta explains that if we do research far enough, we will find that the ultimate source is God. As the famous mathematics genius Ramanujan said, “An equation for me has no meaning, unless it represents a thought of God.” When one realizes the Absolute Truth through such an inquiry, he will understand the actual basis of reality. And then, his duty is to glorify the Supreme Lord through the scientific understanding.  This is the secret and the real platform of happiness. Presently, scientific inquiry without spiritual knowledge is one-sided. Thus, scientific knowledge, when expanded to include spiritual knowledge, will bring completeness into scientific knowledge. Scientific knowledge in search of Absolute Truth, God becomes spiritual.

T.D. Singh, Ph.D. - Śrīla Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Mahārāja :
“Scientific and Spiritual Quest for Ultimate Reality”

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"


Birthday SMS said...

Serious issue with our education is that there is very less thrust on creativity. The emphasis is more on memory and mugging up methodology. Google has to be thanked for their initiative in the name of late S.Ramanujan. Unfortunately, neither the country not the home state of the great mathematician did anything in his memory

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