Srinivasa Ramanujan Random Facts: 21-25
21. During his last days in India, Ramanujan introduced the mock theta functions that are popularly used in String Theory. Theoretical Physicist Michio Kaku (born 1947) explains that every single one of the 24 nodes present in Ramanujan’s function corresponds to a string’s physical vibration.
22. Michio further explained that whenever complex motions are executed in space-time by strings through splitting and recombination, a number of highly sophisticated and complex mathematical identities need to be satisfied and all those identities were discovered by Ramanujan.
23. Birthday of Ramanujan (December 22) is celebrated as “State IT Day” in Tamil Nadu. In 2011, the Indian Government declared his birthday as National Mathematics Day. In 2012, his birthday was declared as National Mathematics Year in India by former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh.
24. In his last year of life, Ramanujan compiled some 600 mathematical formulae and listed them without any proof. They were put in loose, unordered sheets. After his death, the manuscript was sent to University of Madras by his wife. From there it was sent to Hardy. Hardy sent the manuscript to B. M. Wilson and G. N. Watson somewhere in 1934.
25. Wilson and Watson started editing the notebook but Wilson died in 1935 and later Watson lost interest somewhere in late 1930s. After Watson died in 1965, Watson’s papers were sent to Trinity College Wren Library along with Ramanujan’s notebook by R. A. Rankin and J. M. Whittaker in 1968.
Srinivasa Ramanujan Random Facts: 26-30
26. In Spring of 1976, George Andrews visited the library and found Ramanujan’s notebook in G. N. Watson’s box of effects. This discovery sent ripples through the world of mathematics.
27. The discovery of the Lost Notebook was considered as important an event in mathematical world as the discovery of tenth symphony of Beethoven would be to the world of music.
28. The Lost Notebook was eventually published by Narosa publishing house in year 1987 on December 22 (birthday of Ramanujan).
29. The mock theta functions that Ramanujan introduced in his last year were present in this Lost Notebook.
30. The house located in Kumbakonam where Ramanujan’s family moved after his birth has now been converted into Srinivasa Ramanujan International Monument.