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The world recently observed the 96th death anniversary (26th April, 1920) of Mathematics’ genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, who died at a young age of 32 due to a severe case of tuberculosis and vitamin deficiency. Ramanujan is known for his great contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series etc. and is credited with all the major developments that took place in the field of Maths in the 20th century.

Inspired by the great personality that Mr. Ramanujam was, well-acclaimed director Matthew Brown has directed a biopic on the Mathematics’ Marvel by the name “The Man Who Knew Infinity.” The biopic was recently screened at Silicon Valley over a weekend and got a massive response from the audience. Arranged by Russian billionaire and founder Yuri Milner, the screening was attended by a lot of top names in the Silicon Valley, who were spell-bound by the mathematicians’ life journey.

Now, the news that is making buzz in the industry and has caught everyone’s attention is, that inspired by the movie Google’s Sundar Pichai and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg have decided to form a foundation to honour the legendary Indian mathematician.

According to a newspaper report, Sundar Pichai (CEO, Google), Sergey Brin (founder, Google), Mark Zuckerberg (founder, Facebook), Brendan Iribe (CEO of Oculus VR), and some other fifty other ‘1 percenters’ of Silicon Valley were at Yuri Milner’s house in Los Altos this weekend to attend a private screening and dinner for the biopic and they all were filled with emotions towards the end of the film.

Some of the attendees, including Zuckerberg and Pichai, were so moved by the film that they then and there pledged to form a foundation in Ramanujan’s name.

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Set in the year 1913, the biopic beautifully captures Ramanujan’s journey from anonymity in his small village in Tamil Nadu, India to towering fame in England. In the movie, Ramanujan’s character is essayed by actor Dev Patel, globally acclaimed for the Oscar wining Slumdog Millionaire.

Ramanujan who had almost no formal training in pure mathematics field, was a self-taught genius, who failed out of college due to his obsessiveness for mathematics as a subject.
He only liked reading and studying Mathematics and would end up failing most of the subjects due to this.

The Man Who Knew Infinity” hits the Indian theatres on Friday, April 29.

Who all can’t wait to watch the biopic? Let us know in the comments below.

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