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Letters from an Indian Clerk (1987)

The story of how, in 1914, the self-taught Indian mathematical genius SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN came to England and Trinity College, Cambridge, to work with the great British pure mathematician GH Hardy.

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Christopher Sykes
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Béla Bollobas Béla Bollobas ... Self
C.J. Hamson C.J. Hamson ... Self
Janaki Ramanujan Janaki Ramanujan ... Self

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The story of how, in 1914, the self-taught Indian mathematical genius SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN came to England and Trinity College, Cambridge, to work with the great British pure mathematician GH Hardy.

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Letters From An Indian Clerk
3 September 2017 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

The name Sultan Khan is fairly well known, at least in chess circles. The name of another Indian genius of the early Twentieth Century, less so. Srinivasa Ramanujan died nine years before Sultan Khan won the first of his three British Chess Championships. Unlike his countryman who although retiring early lived to a reasonable age, Ramanujan was only thirty-two when he succumbed to illness, but his work lives on. A rare talent, he was invited to Trinity College, Cambridge after bombarding the leading English mathematicians of the day with his equations

This 1987 documentary speaks to contemporary mathematicians who explain both his achievements and failings, as well as his elderly widow. Long after his death, Ramanujan has been so influential in his field that in 1997 a journal was established devoted to his work.


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29 October 1987 (UK) See more »

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GBP150,000 (estimated)
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