In the 1910s, Srinivasa Ramanujan is a man of boundless intelligence that even the abject poverty of his home in Madras, India, cannot crush. Eventually, his stellar intelligence in mathematics and his boundless confidence in both attract the attention of the noted British mathematics professor, G.H. Hardy, who invites him to further develop his computations at Trinity College at Cambridge. Forced to leave his young wife, Janaki, behind, Ramanujan finds himself in a land where both his largely intuitive mathematical theories and his cultural values run headlong into both the stringent academic requirements of his school and mentor and the prejudiced realities of a Britain heading into World War One. Facing this with a family back home determined to keep him from his wife and his own declining health, Ramanujan joins with Hardy in a mutual struggle that would define Ramanujan as one of India's greatest modern scholars who broke more than one barrier in his worlds.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
Ramanujan married Janaki (Janakiammal) in July 1909 when she was only 10 years old. Janaki stayed in her maternal home till she was twelve and then Janaki and Ramanujan's mother came to live with him in Madras. See more »
Forty-four minutes into the film, G. H. Hardy demonstrates that p(4) = 5 by showing that there are five different partitions for the number four. Then, he states that "when you raise the number of 'p' to one hundred, there are 204,226 different combinations", which is not true because the value for p(100) = 190,569,292. He meant to say that when the number is increased to fifty (not one hundred) there are 204,226 different combinations because the value for p(50) = 204,226. See more »
[gazing at the umbrella Hardy is carrying in full sunlight]
Sir, do you know something I do not?
[realizing the question referred to his umbrella]
Oh! God and I don't exactly see eye-to-eye. So if I prepare for rain, then it won't. So far, so good.
[bellowing at the sky]
I'm Hardy. And I'm spending the afternoon in the Wren Library!
[speaking again to Ramanujan]
Now we're sure to have sunshine. Hmph. You see, I am what you call an atheist.
No, sir. You believe in God....
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Card before the title: "Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth but supreme beauty." - Bertrand Russell See more »
An important film; cleverly mixing a love story with the equally deep themes of moral obligations on privilege to raise those without. At first I was concerned I would not be able to disassociate Dev Patel from the role on Marigold Hotel, but after a few lines which sounded too contemporary, he improved significantly.
Jeremy Irons was captivating and the other roles adequately developed. The direction, pace, setting, wardrobe, story, score -all hold the attention.
When I watched it, at the end, the audience applauded. In fact at the end of it, one wishes it could last longer - craving more.
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