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
“I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections, Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling, Or just after.”
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“The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.”
―Pearl S. Buck
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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.
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