Remebering great Indian mathematicisn Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920), search giant Google has rightly come out with a simple but memorable doodle on Dec. 22, 2012, just a day after the world survived the so-called Mayan Doomsday prophecy.
While his home state Tamil Nadu celebrates 22 December (Ramanujan’s birthday) as ‘State IT Day’, the Government of India released a stamp in 1962 on the 75th anniversary of Ramanujan’s birth – commemorating his achievements in the field of number theory, and again in 2011.
It is also the 125th anniversary of his birth and India has declared the birthday of Ramanujan as ‘National Mathematics Day.’ Last year, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh also declared that the year 2012 as the National Mathematics Year.
Srinivasa Ramanujan, much acclaimed in London and a Fellow of the Royal Society was more of an autodidact with almost no formal training in pure mathematics, yet made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions.
An ardent devotee of Namagiri Thayar, the deity in Namakkal temple, Ramanujan was given mathematical formulae and algoriths in his dreams and that his mother apparently received permission in a dream from the deity to send him to London, where he became a renowned globally acclaimed mathematician.