Movies can trigger emotions but when a movie can move some of the world’s brightest minds to do something, the movie must have been really well made. That is what one can say about Matthew Brown’s ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’, a biopic on one of India’s greatest mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
It happened at the screening of the film held by Russian billionaire and founder Yuri Milner at his residence in Los Altos.
The guests comprised the biggest names in Silicon Valley – Sundar Pichai, Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, Brendan Iribe of Oculus VR and some others.
Jeremy Irons (left) and Dev Patel essaying their characters in a still from the film. Warner Bros
The film, which stars Dev Patel in the lead and Jeremy Irons as G.H. Hardy, brought tears to the eyes of those who attended the screening.
So moved were Zuckerberg and Pichai by the struggle and the subsequent achievement of the genius Ramanujan that they announced the formation of a foundation in his name.
That the Facebook CEO and the Google CEO will be collaborating on the Ramanujan Foundation is in itself a mammoth leap for the science and will act as an inspiration for those in the pursuit of scientific excellence, especially in the world of mathematics.
A still from the film showing Dev Patel and Stephen Fry. Warner Bros
Ramanujan dedicated his life to mathematics despite having received no formal training in it. He passed away at an early age of 32, but by then Ramanujan had carved a name for himself in the world of mathematics through his relentless study of the discipline. The film documents his journey from his town in Tamil Nadu to Cambridge University during the World War I. It is based on the eponymous book by Robert Kanigel.