The story of Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan


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“scarcely possible to believe.”

But apparently true.


I must admit I hadn’t heard of him until I saw The Man Who Knew Infinity


For me it was Vernor Vinge’s The Peace War (1984); scrawny, diseased Wili described as “my little Ramanujan” by main protagonist Paul Naismith. (Nominated for a Hugo, still worth a read. I was already into my 30s then, but damn I wanted all of it to be real – bobbles, low-power CPUs, silicon-augmented intelligence, holographic AIs, ahh…)


Reading about his out-of-the blue mathematical abilities (yet performing poorly in some non-mathematic subjects) and his statement that formulae/theorems just appeared to him, I’m wondering if he was an extremely highly-gifted, high-functioning Aspergers.



This is a great conversation but I’ve got a taxi to catch.

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