Tuesday March 19, 2019

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
  • 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’

Mark Zuckerberg

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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Interoperability of Facebook Apps Could Work Only on Android: CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg said that Facebook will have to address other issues including safety and spam vulnerabilities before making the apps interoperable

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Even as Mark Zuckerberg laid out plans to let people reach their friends across Messenger, Instagram or WhatsApp from whichever app they prefer, the Facebook CEO hinted that the interoperability of apps could be possible only on Android devices.

While Messenger is Facebook’s messaging platform, both Instagram or WhatsApp are Facebook-owned platforms with massive user base.

“We plan to start by making it possible for you to send messages to your contacts using any of our services, and then to extend that interoperability to SMS too. Of course, this would be opt-in and you will be able to keep your accounts separate if you’d like,” Zuckerberg wrote in a blog post on Thursday.

Today if you want to message people on Facebook you have to use Messenger, on Instagram you have to use Direct, and on WhatsApp you have to use WhatsApp.

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There are privacy and security advantages to interoperability, Zuckerberg said.

“For example, many people use Messenger on Android to send and receive SMS texts. Those texts can’t be end-to-end encrypted because the SMS protocol is not encrypted. With the ability to message across our services, however, you’d be able to send an encrypted message to someone’s phone number in WhatsApp from Messenger,” he added.

However, there are several issues Facebook will need to work through before this will be possible.

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“First, Apple doesn’t allow apps to interoperate with SMS on their devices, so we’d only be able to do this on Android,” he said.

Zuckerberg said that Facebook will have to address other issues including safety and spam vulnerabilities before making the apps interoperable. (IANS)