Mathematics Drives The Man Who Knew Infinity

Released this weekend in the United States, The Man Who Knew Infinity is a film chronicling the short life and career of Srinivasa Ramanujan.  Ramanujan traveled from his native India to the United Kingdom just over a century ago to study with G.K. Hardy at Cambridge.  His career was cut short by tuberculosis, but his achievements in number theory and other branches of mathematics led to him being the second Indian elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Dev Patel plays Ramanujan, and Jeremy Irons plays G.K. Hardy.  While the film is about Ramanujan, it is told from Hardy’s perspective.  The film is written and directed by Matthew Brown, and mathematicians Ken Ono and Manjul Barghava worked on the mathematics presented in the film.

There is a contest associated with the release of The Man Who Knew Infinity.  The website Expii is hosting the competition, where participants solve math quizzes and puzzles.  The contest runs through May 20, and appears to be mainly for exposure, both for Expii and those seeking to prove their mathematical skills.

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