NEW DELHI, INDIA, December 22, 2012 (India Times): Google has marked the 125th birth anniversary of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan with a doodle. The maths wizard was born on December 22, 1887 in Erode, Madras Presidency (now Tamil Nadu), and his birthday is celebrated as National Mathematics Day by the Indian government.
Ramanujan was a mathematics prodigy who was introduced to formal education in the subject at the age of 10. By the age of 12, he had finished books on advanced trigonometry and went on to discover his own theorems. In his teenage years, he carried out research on Bernoulli numbers and the Euler-Mascheroni constant.
English mathematician GH Hardy called Ramanujan to work alongside him at Cambridge. Ramanujan went on to become a Fellow of the Royal Society and Fellow of Trinity College at Cambridge. He is credited for independently coming up with approximately 3,900 results in the mathematics. Most of his theorems proved to be right in later years and were deemed unconventional for their time.
Ramanujan passed away on April 26, 1920 at the age of 32. Last year, the Government of India announced that 2012 will be marked as National Mathematical Year.
The Google doodle for Ramanujan's 125th birthday shows an Indian child etching out geometrical figures and linear equations on the ground using a stick as other children watch on. The logo of Google is created out of geometric figures like triangles, circles, semi-circles and squares.