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Mark Zuckerberg in tears after watching Ramanujan Biopic, Pledges to create Ramanujan Foundation

Mark Zuckerberg and Sunder Pichai and various other people have joined hand to make a foundation of the name of Great Mathematician, 'Srinivasa Ramanujan'

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Ramanujan ( in the centre) at Cambridge. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
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  • The film was named “The Man Who Knew Infinity” and is directed by Matthew Brown
  • The film will release in India on 29th April
  • Mark Zuckerberg and Sunder Pichai and various other people have joined hand to make a foundation of the name of Great Mathematician, ‘Srinivasa Ramanujan’

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Yuri Milner a Russian billionaire and founder held a private screening of a biopic on the Great ‘Indian Mathematician’ Srinivasa Ramanujan’ at Silicon Valley in Los Atlos.  The film was named “The Man Who Knew Infinity” and is directed by Matthew Brown.

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Ramanujan is known for his achievements in mathematics like Hardy Ramanujan number, Ramanujan Theta function, Ramanujan constant, Ramanujan Conjecture and Ramanujan prime. The scientist was awarded with Padma Vibhushan, Padamshri and many others.

Indian Mathematician 'Srinivasa Ramanujan' (Source: Wikimedia commons)
Indian Mathematician ‘Srinivasa Ramanujan’ Image Source: Wikimedia commons

The screening of the biopic was attended not only by Mark Zuckerberg (CEO and chairman Facebook), but also by Sergey Brin (founder of Google), Sundar Pichai (CEO of Google) and Brenden Iribe (Oculus VR CEO) and around fifty more people.

All those who were present at the screening were found in tears. All were watching the movie deeply at a dinner on Weekends in Silicon Valley. The film was on the life of Ramanujan who was born in Tamil Nadu, his struggles in village to all the mathematic discoveries and to the never fading fame in England.

CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg (Reuters)
CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg (Reuters)

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The film was set in year 1913, and the role of Srinivasa Ramanujan was played by Dev Patel, a shipping clerk of 25 years of age and a genius who was thrown out of the college due to his unique way of solving things and understanding them and separate way to study the subject.

Although Ramanujan has no formal training of Math, he had contributed a lot to fractions, number system, infinite theories and number theories. Unfortunately Ramanujan died in 1920 when he was just 32 years old.

The film also includes other stars like Stephen Fry, Arundhati Nag, Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones and Devika Bhise. The film will release in India on 29th April.

Moreover, Mark Zuckerberg and Sunder Pichai and various other people have joined hands to make a foundation of the name of Great Mathematician, ‘Srinivasa Ramanujan’ to pay a tribute to the legendary mathematician.

-prepared by Aparna Gupta, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter @writetoaparna99

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  • Rahul DC

    Tears? Come on man! 50 people found teared? Don’t you guys find this ridiculous?

  • Aparna Gupta

    Ramanujan is an inspiration for budding mathematician and a biopic on him will be of use to all the mathematics lover.

  • AJ Krish

    Great minds never grew from ordinary circumstances. Through their resolve and unwavering determination, they rose to new heights. It is no wonder that the great minds of this century ended up in tears after watching the biopic.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Ramanujan was a great mathematician. An inspiration to many, his research is still followed all over the world

  • devika todi

    this is a noble move on zukerberg’s and pichai’s part.

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  • Rahul DC

    Tears? Come on man! 50 people found teared? Don’t you guys find this ridiculous?

  • Aparna Gupta

    Ramanujan is an inspiration for budding mathematician and a biopic on him will be of use to all the mathematics lover.

  • AJ Krish

    Great minds never grew from ordinary circumstances. Through their resolve and unwavering determination, they rose to new heights. It is no wonder that the great minds of this century ended up in tears after watching the biopic.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Ramanujan was a great mathematician. An inspiration to many, his research is still followed all over the world

  • devika todi

    this is a noble move on zukerberg’s and pichai’s part.

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