The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Man Who Knew Infinity

DVD - 2015
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Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G. H. Hardy.
Publisher: Toronto :, Mongrel Media,, 2015
Branch Call Number: MAN
Characteristics: 1 dvd (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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alicat1
Aug 13, 2018

The award-winning film highlights life of a numerical genius.

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milirick
Aug 03, 2018

True story of the brilliant Indian Mathematician who is a legend in India but mostly unknown outside of those in academia. Probably because as the film constantly points out he was a genius but not a master meaning he was able to come up with theories but he needed to do the hard work of proving that his theories were correct with formulas. He would have been an awful teacher if he had chosen that route because like gifted musicians (insert Mozart) they can just do and don’t put in the hours of training others seem to need. The point of the movie is that you do need to put in the training (work) regardless of your gift.

LoganLib_Zoe Jul 25, 2018

I really enjoyed this movie! It was actually recommended to me by a lovely customer and I'm glad it was. It was very eye opening and very well directed. It was definitely something different to what i'd normally watch but i loved every moment of it!

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LoganLib_Colleen
Jun 03, 2018

I really enjoyed this movie. It was on a subject that was a little different. It was inspiring, touching, and the actors portrayed their roles very well.

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michaelobrecht
Mar 10, 2018

Our family loved this movie. Emotionally touching and intellectually stimulating. Not usually a fan of Jeremy Irons but his performance of the role introverted mathematician is perfect. Dev Patel is entirely convincing as the genius mathematician from India. I would rate it 9 out of 10.

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pokano
Mar 10, 2018

Jeremy Irons is superb as Hardy in this mostly true story of the super math genius, Ramanajun, played by Dev Patel, based on the book of the same name.

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marieloudavril
Mar 09, 2018

This movie reminds me the Beautiful Mind. even if it is a little slow, we learned more about this Genius Mathematician from India who suffered a lot of Prejudices of his time to prove his Infinite Mind to the World. It is too bad that He was really recognized as a Genius after His Death at a young age.

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guirlande
Mar 03, 2018

Very interesting movie.Worth watching.
How in 1914, English mathematicians couldn't believed that in India someone can be smarter than them.

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trcookIIImddmd
Feb 07, 2018

This is a wonderful movie along the lines of A Beautiful Mind.

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nordicleather
Dec 09, 2017

Rather slow moving biography drama about S. Ramanujan a little know but gifted mathematician from India, lived a short life. His work involved finding formulas for partitioning number & other unsolved mathematical problems of the time. It goes into the racial discrimination he suffered in England in being taken seriously. English academic stereo types of the early 1900's are portrayed here. At least Ramanujan & his accomplishments are being brought to public attention. His mathematical formulas are still used to this day.

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re_discover
Oct 08, 2016

Ramanujan to Hardy: "An equation for me has no meaning unless it expresses a thought of God"

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jimg2000
Oct 01, 2016

Partitions.
Hardy: P(4) = 5. Now, all that means is there are five ways to add up the number 4. 1 + 1 + 1 + 1, 3 + 1, 2 + 1 + 1, 2 + 2, and 4.
Littlewood: Seems simple enough.
Hardy: Yeah. So it does. But when you raise the number of P(100), there are 204,226 different combinations. Major MacMahon did it by hand. Took him weeks. And now he thinks he can figure out a formula. Plug in the number, any number, and out comes the number of partitions. Like magic.
Littlewood: I take it you have tried to crack this one before?
Hardy: It's considered impossible. Unsolvable. A bloody rabbit hole mystery of the universe.
Littlewood: Until now?

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jimg2000
Oct 01, 2016

Hardy: You see, I'm what you call an atheist.
Ramanujan: No, sir. You believe in God. You just don't think He likes you.
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Hardy: Let me ask you something. Why do you do it, any of this?
Ramanujan: Because I have to. I see it.
Hardy: Like Euler. Form for its own sake. An art unto itself. And, like all art, it reflects truth. It's the only truth I know. It's my church. And you, just as Mozart could hear an entire symphony in his head you dance with numbers to infinity. But this dance, this art, does little to endear us to certain factions who see us as mere conjurors. So if we are going to challenge areas of mathematics that are so well trod, we cannot afford to be wrong.

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jimg2000
Oct 01, 2016

Hardy: Life for me is... It's always been mathematics.
Ramanujan: You wanted to know how I get my ideas.
Hardy: Mmm.
Ramanujan: My God. Namagiri. She speaks to me. Puts formulas on my tongue when I sleep, sometimes when I pray. Do you believe me?
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Hardy: But I don't believe in God. I don't believe in anything I can't prove.
Ramanujan: Then you can't believe in me. Don't you see? An equation has no meaning to me unless it expresses a thought of God. Maybe it is better that we just remain what we were.
Hardy: When I was at school, I remember one of my chaplains saying,"You know God exists
because He's like a kite, "and you can feel the tug on the string and know that He's up there." I said, "What if there's no wind and the kite can't fly?" No, I... I can't believe in God. I don't believe
in the immemorial wisdom of the East, but I do believe in you.

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jimg2000
Oct 01, 2016

Hardy's speech in nominating Ramanujan as a Cambridge Fellow, first ever Indian (part 2 of 2:)
Well, despite everything in my being set to the contrary, perhaps he is right. For is this not exactly our justification for pure mathematics? We are merely explorers of infinity in the pursuit of absolute perfection. We do not invent these formulae, they already exist and lie in wait for only the very brightest of minds, like Ramanujan, ever to divine and prove. So, in the end, I have been forced to consider, who are we to question Ramanujan, let alone God? Thank You.

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jimg2000
Oct 01, 2016

Hardy's speech in nominating Ramanujan as a Cambridge Fellow, first ever Indian (part 1 of 2:)
So, now we see the work on partitions and the enormous breakthrough that has been achieved. All this, mind you, by a man whose limitations of knowledge when I met him were as startling as was its profundity. Opinions may differ as to the importance of Ramanujan's work and the influence it may or may not have on the mathematics of the future, but one gift it does show
is its profound and invincible originality. Mr. Littlewood once told me that "every positive integer is one of Ramanujan's personal friends." I believe this to be true. He told me that an equation for him had no meaning unless it expressed a thought of God.

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jimg2000
Oct 01, 2016

1729. No, Hardy. It is a very interesting number. It is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways. (Known as the Hardy–Ramanujan number: 1729 = 1^3 + 12^3 = 9^3 + 10^3, from wikipedia.)
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Hardy remembering Ramanujan:
It is difficult to put into words... What I owe Ramanujan. His originality has been a constant source of suggestion to me ever since I first met him. And his death is one of the worst blows I have ever felt. But now I say to myself when I'm depressed, and I find myself forced to listen to tiresome and pompous people, "Well, I've done something you could never have done. "I have collaborated
with both Littlewood and Ramanujan "on something like equal terms."

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jimg2000
Oct 01, 2016

The tale of a relationship between a young Indian mathematics genius, Ramanujan, and his tutor at Cambridge University, G.H. Hardy, in the years before World War I. Through their eyes the reader is taken on a journey through numbers theory.

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