An equation for me has no meaning unless it expresses a thought of God.

What makes the aforesaid quote special is that it came from not just any Tom, Dick, or Harry but a mathematician extraordinaire. Someone whose theorems and equations took decades for other accomplished mathematicians to comprehend. His ideas were so novel and ahead of his time, that most of the leading professional mathematicians just didn’t get it at all. I am talking about Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887 - 1920). I doubt there’s any serious mathematician who wouldn’t have heard of him . . .

This content requires a premium membership.