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Today is the birth centenary of G.H.Hardy, great English Mathematician.Hardy is most famous outside of mathematics for his “A Mathematician’s Apology”. book . The book, talks among other things about how mathematics is young man’s game. He is also known for his association with Ramanujan and for being the person responsible for bringing him to Cambridge where his greatest mathematics unfolded.

Some quotes:

1. Asked if he believes in one God, a mathematician answered: “Yes, up to isomorphism”.
2. “I have never done anything ‘useful’. No discovery of mine has made, or is likely to make, directly or indirectly, for good or ill, the least difference to the amenity of the world.”

Wikipedia :

It is never worth a first class man’s time to express a majority opinion. By definition, there are plenty of others to do that.

A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.


Quoting one of the mathematicians, C Snow, that Hardy worked with:


A mathematicians apology is, if read with the textual attention it deserves, a book of haunting sadness. Yes, it is witty and sharp with intellectual high spirits: yes, the crystalline clarity and candor are still there: yes, it is the testament of a creative artist. But it is also, in an understated stoical fashion, a passionate lament for creative powers that used to be and that will never come again. I know nothing like it in the language: partly because most people with the literary gift to express such a lament don’t come to feel it: it is very rare for a writer to realize, with the finality of truth, that he is absolutely finished.

Hardy was a sort of purist mathematician, one who did his mathematics not for the sake of its applicability to anything, but for the sake of doing great mathematics. Hardy, along with Littlewood and Ramanujan, is also mentioned in Apostolos Doxiadis’ “Uncle Petros and the Goldbach Conjecture”. The link above gives a short summary on his life.


Today is 112 birth centenary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Recent generations of Bharat [a.k.a India] have forgotten or neglected some of our forefathers who sacrificed everything for the sake of freedom of Bharat [a.k.a India].These freedom fighters have fought for so long and hard, we never equal such great persons. We should always remember them.

For detailed information about him, please visit

1. Netaji Research Bureau
http://www.netaji.org/

2. Video Clips from Netaji Research Bureau
http://www.netaji.org/vclip.html

Jai Hind


Today is the 146th birth centenary of Swami Vivekananda.This post is dedicated to him. The information about him is widely available so i don’t write about him.

Happy Vivekananda Jayanti.

Today is the 121 Birth Anniversary of Srinivas Ramanujan,a famous Indian Mathematician,who, with almost no formal training in pure mathematics, made substantial contributions to mathematical analysis,number theory,infinite series and continued fractions.Recently his contributions have found applications in crystallography and string theory.

In the memory of Ramanujan, Tamil Nadu every year celebrates 22 December as ‘State IT Day’. His contributions to Mathematics are well known.The contribution of G.H. Hardy a famous mathematician is also equally important, but when some body asked him what was his biggest contribution to Mathematics, Hardy told, Ramanujan was his biggest contribution to Mathematics,such was the genius of Ramanujan.

Here is his brief Profile.

Profile

Born : 22 Dec 1887
Died : 26 April 1920
Birth Place : Erode, Tamil Nadu, India

Contributions to Mathematics :

1. Landau- Ramanujan Constant
2. Mock Theta Fuction
3. Ramanujan Prime
4. Ramanujan – Soldner Constant
5. Rogers- Ramanujan Identities

Applications of his contributions :

1. Crystallography
2. String Theory

I wrote this post to pay tribute to him & his genius.

2 July 1956 Death of Nostradamus French physician and astrologer who made predictions of the future in his Centuries.