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Infinity needs to be highlighted in the movie:
'The Man Who Knew Infinity'
NEW DELHI India -- If you are into spirituality and meditation, watch a new Hollywood movie, ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ now showing in Delhi, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.

The real life story of Srinivasa Ramanujan (187 – 1920) is about the mathematics genius from Madras who lands at Cambridge so that his path breaking formulae that came to him in meditation can be published.

He is supported by Professor Hardy, an atheist, who pushed him to prove these formulae before they could be published.

A clash ensues between a surrendered believer and a hard headed realist played by Dev Patel as Ramanujan and Jeremy Irons are Professor G. H. Hardy.

Their arguments are intense and riveting. Iron’s powerful performance, especially his presentation for Ramanujan to become a Fellow of Royal Society, is superb.

Dev’s performance is restrained and subtle.

Ramanujan’s roots in India and his stay in Britain are captured extremely delicately with confrontations between the two.

Osho has talked about Ramanujan in his discourses, Hidden Mysteries:

"The genius and capabilities of Ramanujan were such that they could not be due to mental powers, because the intellect moves very slowly, thinking takes time, but Ramanujan didn’t take any time in responding to Hardy’s questions.


Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel | Coastweek

NEW DELHI India -- In 1913, brilliant East Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) travels to Trinity College in England to work with professor G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons).
"No sooner was the problem written down on the blackboard or put to him verbally than Ramanujan began to reply, without any time gap for thinking.

"It was very difficult for great mathematicians to understand how it happened.

"A problem which would take about six hours for an eminent mathematician to solve – and then too he was not sure about being right – Ramanujan solved instantaneously, unerringly."

Wrote EMPIRE, the British entertainment publication:

"Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing may be academic icons, but it’s fair to say that Srinivasa Ramanujan is less well known.

"His story may be the most amazing of the three, though: born in to poverty in India, he was so obsessed with numbers that as a young man, his burgeoning talent helped him to talk his way into an accountancy job, before contacting Cambridge mathematician GH Hardy, who, so impressed with Ramanujan’s amateur math’s work, summoned him to England for a crack at the real thing.

"Once at Cambridge, Ramanujan came up with a huge variety of mathematical formulas, some of which are still used to study black holes today, before returning to India and dying from TB, aged just 32."

The movie starts with Ramanujan writing formulae on the floor of the temple. But it is not clear what is going on.

To set the stage, the movie needs to show how Ramanujan’s talent emerged in childhood, how he goes into meditation and gets the formulae instantly.

This needed to be highlighted.

The ending is rather depressing as it shows black and white images of Ramanujan and his wife with a couple of sentences about his legacy.

It could have ended showing how his maths helps us to explore space today.

The producer and scriptwriter Mathew Brown worked from the book of the same name by Robert Kanigel but he should have delved deeper into Ramanjuan’s spiritual space to touch his core being.

Osho explains this mystery:

"Whenever he began to look into any mathematical problem something began to happen in the middle space between his two eyebrows.

"Both his eyeballs turned upwards, centering on that middle space.

"In Yoga, that space is described as the third eye spot.

"It is called the third eye because if that eye becomes activated it is possible to see events and scenes of some different world in their entirety.

"It is like looking out of your house through a small hole in the door, and suddenly, when the door opens, you see the whole sky.

"There is a space between the two eyebrows where there is a small aperture which sometimes opens – as in the case of Ramanujan.

"His eyes rose to his third eye while solving a problem.

"Neither Hardy could understand this phenomenon nor would other Western mathematicians ever understand it in the future."

Despite these limitations, it is a memorable movie, especially if you are into spirituality.



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