Movie screening: The Man Who Knew Infinity
On the occasion of the Abel Prize week there will be a movie screening of The Man Who Knew Infinity in the foyer of the Science Libary. The movie will be introduced by Professor Sujatha Ramdorai and Professor and Associate Producer Ken Ono.
In the 1910s, Srinivasa Ramanujan is a man of boundless intelligence that even the abject poverty of his home in Madras, India, cannot crush. Eventually, his stellar intelligence in mathematics and his boundless confidence in both attract the attention of the noted British mathematics professor, G.H. Hardy, who invites him to further develop his computations at Trinity College at Cambridge. Forced to leave his young wife, Janaki, behind, Ramanujan finds himself in a land where both his largely intuitive mathematical theories and his cultural values run headlong into both the stringent academic requirements of his school and mentor and the prejudiced realities of a Britain heading into World War One. Facing this with a family back home determined to keep him from his wife and his own declining health, Ramanujan joins with Hardy in a mutual struggle that would define Ramanujan as one of India's greatest modern scholars who broke more than one barrier in his worlds. Dev Patel stars as Ramanujan and Jeremy Irons stars as G. H. Hardy.
Sujatha Ramdorai is a professor of mathematics at TIFR, Mumbai, currently associated with the University of British Columbia, Canada. She is an algebraic number theorist known for her work on Iwasawa theory.
Ken Ono is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University, USA. He is a number theorist, and he is Associate Producer of the film “The Man Who Knew Infinity”.