In India, National Mathematics Day is observed on December 22 each year to honour the great mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan’s birth anniversary.
Ramanujan made outstanding contributions to the theory of partitions, infinite series, and number theory. Additionally, he learned about mock theta functions. Many mathematicians, including Fields Medalist Srinivasa Rao, have been influenced by his work.
The primary objective of the celebration
The main goal of the festival is to increase public awareness of how crucial mathematics is to the progress of humanity. National Mathematics Day is observed across the country with a variety of educational efforts at colleges and institutions all over the country.
Institutions celebrate the day with a variety of events, including student workshops and teacher training programmes. On December 22, 2017, the Ramanujan Math Park, a centre for learning practical mathematics in Kuppam, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, officially opened its doors.
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Born in a tiny town, exhibited mathematical prowess at a young age
Ramanujan was born in Tamil Nadu’s Erode, a tiny town. His mother worked as a housekeeper, and his father worked as a clerk at a sari shop. He began to exhibit mathematical prowess at a very young age. He went to Kumbakonam Primary School before transferring to Town High School.
Ramanujan dropped out of college as a result of his failure in English during his first year of college. At the age of 17, he got hitched while working as a clerk for a Madras-based shipping company.
He conveyed some of his theorems to renowned Cambridge University mathematician G.H. Hardy at this time. Ramanujan was invited to Cambridge by Hardy because of how much he liked Ramanujan’s work.
Ramanujan spent five years at Cambridge working on his theories. He returned to India in 1919 and died three years later at the age of 32.
Our nation’s advances in mathematics are still Ramanujan’s legacy. He is regarded as having one of the most extraordinary minds our country has ever seen. His work has influenced mathematicians for many years.