Srinivasa Ramanujan Quote
Quoted in The Man Who Knew Infinity : A Life of the Genius Ramanujan (1992) by Robert Kanigel, p. 67
“[Replying to G. H. Hardy's suggestion that the number of a taxicab (1729) was a dull number:] No, it is a very interesting number, it is the smallest number expressible as a sum of two cubes in two different ways.”
As quoted in: Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, 26 May 1921
“To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves; let us be above such transparent egotism. If you can't say good and encouraging things, say nothing. Nothing is often a good thing to do, and always a clever thing to say.”
Durant, Will. Commencement Speech. We Have a Right To Be Happy Today. Webb School of Claremont, CA. 7 Jun 1958.
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsSrinivasa Ramanujan
Born: December 22, 1887
Died: April 26, 1920 (aged 32)
Bio: Srinivasa Ramanujan FRS was an Indian mathematician and autodidact who, with almost no formal training in pure mathematics, made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions.