Today’s Google Doodle pays a fitting tribute to the self-made mathematician genius Srinivasa Ramanujan on his 125th Birth Anniversary. Born 22nd December 1887 to a poor Brahmin family in Madras, he got ushered in to formal mathematics at the tender age of ten. He displayed tremendous skills towards the subject, and had mastered S.L.Loney’s book on Advanced Trigonometry by the age of twelve. In the following five years, he carried out his very own research on Bernoulli’s numbers and Euler–Mascheroni constant, apart from garnering several awards.
During his existence, Ramanujan on his own compiled almost 3900 findings (majority of them being equations and identities), and nearly all claims of his have been proved correct, though a few of them have been gutted down as false. He produced results that were extremely original and unorthodox, like Ramanujan Prime and Ramanujan Theta Function, and these works have contributed a lot to future research. An international publication called the Ramanujan Journal was introduced to publish the mathematical works influenced and inspired by Ramanujan’s findings.
The Government of India in 2011 announced Ramanujan’s birthday as National Mathematics Day, and the year 2012 was observed as the National Mathematical Year. Also, the state of Tamil Nadu observes December 22nd as State IT Day.