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  • Srinivasa Ramanujan was born on December 22, 1887, in Erode, India.
  • He lived in a small village in the southern part of the country.
  • He had a career which was teaching math. He loved and adored math. He was the "Man who knew INFINITY".
  • But Ramanujan’s greatest asset proved also to be his Achilles heel. He lost his scholarship to both the Government College and later at the University of Madras because his devotion to math caused him to let his other courses fall by the wayside.
  • "[Ramanujan] made many momentous contributions to mathematics especially number theory," states George E. Andrews, an Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University. "Much of his work was done jointly with his benefactor and mentor, G. H. Hardy. Together they began the powerful "circle method" to provide an exact formula for p(n), the number of integer partitions of n. (e.g. p(5)=7 where the seven partitions are 5, 4+1, 3+2, 3+1+1, 2+2+1, 2+1+1+1, 1+1+1+1+1).
  • Unfortunately, Ramanujan perished on April 26, 1920 because of illness at the age of 32. His methods and ways are used in modern day math and will continue to be great.
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