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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.

  • 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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Facebook might lose $23 billion

This planned change sparked fears people will spend less time on the site, leading to its share stock suddenly dropping.

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In India, Facebook has run a small test with users to enter their names as per their Aadhaar, to help them sign up to the social network with their real names and connect with friends and family.
In India, Facebook has run a small test with users to enter their names as per their Aadhaar, to help them sign up to the social network with their real names and connect with friends and family.
  • Facebook recently was on the verge of losing $23 billion after they decided to make some changes in the News Feed feature.
  • The change was announced in order to make the time spent on the social networking site more meaningful.
  • However, the change leads to a 4% fall in the share of the Facebook.

Facebook was on course to lose 17 billion pounds ($23 billion) of its value after it announced it was making changes to its News Feed feature that will allow users to see more updates from family and friends than posts from businesses, brands and media.

Facebook share fell 4 percent within hours after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the changes to make the social network more meaningful, The Sun reported.

This change was supposed to make Facebook more meaningful. Pixabay
This change was supposed to make Facebook more meaningful. Pixabay

This could also result in lining them up for its worst financial position in more than three months — and Zuckerberg losing $3.3 billion of his own personal net worth.

“One of our big focus areas for 2018 is making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent. We built Facebook to help people stay connected and bring us closer together with the people that matter to us,” Zuckerberg posted on Facebook late on Thursday.

The CEO said that Facebook has got a feedback from the community that public content — posts from businesses, brands and media — is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other.

The change will show more posts by family and friends instead of brands and businesses, Pixabay
The change will show more posts by family and friends instead of brands and businesses, Pixabay

“We’re making a major change to how we build Facebook. I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to help you have more meaningful social interactions,” he said.

“As we roll this out, you will see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media. And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard — it should encourage meaningful interactions between people,” Zuckerberg added.

This planned change sparked fears people will spend less time on the site, leading to its share stock suddenly dropping.

Zuckerberg admitted that the new changes might not pay off at first, but believes it is important users have more meaningful social interactions, The Sun said. IANS