20041222, 17:42  #1 
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Mumbai,India
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Srinivasan Ramanujan F.R.S.
Today we commemorate Srinavsa Ramanujans 117the birth anniversary.
[18871920]. He was tutored by the great English mathematician G.H. Hardy. Together they collaborated on numerous papers which startled the worlds leading. mathem’cians When Hardy was asked ‘What was your greatest discovery?’ He replied Ramanujan. When Hardy visited Ramanujan during his illness he remarked that the number of the Taxi cab was 1729 a rather dull number and hoped it was not a bad omen.. ‘No Hardy’ said Ramanujan. ‘It is the smallest number that expresses the sum of two cubes in two different ways1729 = 12^3 + 1^3 = 10^3 + 9^3. In 1942 Freeman Dyson was then a 2nd. Yr. student at Winchester Hardy’s alma mater where he won a prize in Mathematics. Later this is what he had to say of Srinivasa. “He discovered so much and yet he left so much in his garden for other people to discover. In the 44 yr.s since then I have been intermittently coming back to Ramanujans garden. . Every time I come back I find fresh flowers blooming” a fitting tribute from such an eminent mathem’cian. As a sample of srinivasa’s genius Hardy recorded his appx. of pi as 63/25(17 + 15 sq.rt.5)/ 7 + sq.rt.5) correct to 9 places and that too without the aid of an electronic calculator ! He reflected his life in these words “An equation for me has no meaning unless it expresses a thought of God” Sou: ‘The Man who knew Infinity” by Robert Kanigel 
20041223, 03:31  #2 
Jul 2004
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S. Ramanujan
If I may opine on the subject I'd like to add that Ramanujan was compared to the greats like Jacobi & Euler mainly for sheer manipulative ability. His, Ramanujan’s, main interest was in problems that had solutions & to provide formulas for the same. This reason could be why he was uninterested in Fermat’s Last Theorem.
"Euler could calculate with no apparent effort as men breathe or as eagles sustain themselves in the wind." I think the same could be said of the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. From: lxef 
20060203, 17:07  #3 
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Jan 2004
Mumbai,India
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Bertrand Russell
Im a day late but lets remember Old Russell who baffled many a mathematician in his day.
Mathematical moments Bertrand Russell  Born: 18th of May 1872 in Ravenscroft, Wales Died: 2nd of February 1970 in Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales Bertrand Russell was one of the most influential logicians of the 20th century. He held the view that all maths can be reduced to formal logic, and played a major role in developing formal logic and what is known as "firstorder predicate calculus". But what he's maybe most famous for is the paradox which carries his name. It goes like this: take any set and ask if it's a member of itself. For example, the set consisting of all dogs on Earth is not a member of itself, because a set of dogs is not a dog. But the set consisting of everything that is not a dog is a member of itself, since it's itself not a dog. Now look at the set which consists of all sets that are not members of themselves. If this is a member of itself, then it's not a member of itself. If it's not a member of itself, then it's a member of itself. Have fun puzzling...:surprised Mally Last fiddled with by ewmayer on 20060203 at 20:17 Reason: Edited to eliminate unneeded linefeeds (readability) 
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Always nice to see such a thing.

20060323, 01:13  #5 
∂^{2}ω=0
Sep 2002
República de California
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Silly English Knnnnnnnigggits...

20060324, 20:11  #6  
"Richard B. Woods"
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Wisconsin USA
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20060328, 15:19  #7  
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Jan 2004
Mumbai,India
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Knighthood for a British mathematicin
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"Professor Ball studied for his undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of Cambridge, and obtained a D.Phil in 1972 at the University of Sussex." Do you personally know him Paul? Mally 

20060329, 16:55  #8 
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Jan 2004
Mumbai,India
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Abel prize for Swede
One up for the Swedes! http://www.scitechtoday.com/news/S...d=11300BSASHFI 1. http://www.p2pnet.net/story/8306 Mally 
20060329, 17:39  #9 
Oct 2005
Fribourg, Switzerlan
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Do they shake left hands in Sweden?

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