Monday, May 16, 2016

[MOVIE] The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Man Who Knew Infinity is a biographical movie based on the 1991 book of the same name by Robert Kanigel. Starring Dev Patel who acted as Srinivasa Ramanujan, a real life mathematician who grew up from a poor family background in Madras, India and earns admittance to Cambridge University during World War I. He later became a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G. H. Hardy, acted by Jeremy Irons.


Was busy at work so missed out the first part of the movie, when I reached the cinema, the movie was already showing the part where Ramanujan was preparing to leave his hometown to Cambridge. 

The rest of the movie was more on the relationship between Ramanujan and his professor, Mr Hardy and how Ramanujan struggled in this completely new environment. Mr Hardy was portrayed like a man with not much friends and faith yet had such strong belief to Ramanujan even when others are looking down on him due to his race. He even fight for Ramanujan research work to be published in the London Mathematical Society and to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Ramanujan, on the other hand was a very faithful man to his God and he also follows a strict vegetarian diet so in the movie, he is always cooking his own meals in his own room instead of joining the rest at the food hall. He would often have visions of scrolls of complex mathematical content unfolding before his eyes. One of his most famous quotes goes, "Sir, an equation has no meaning for me unless it expresses a thought of God."  

Another quote from Ramanujan that I pick up from the movie goes, "1729 - It is a very interesting number; it is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different way." This is the cab number that Mr Hardy took to visit Ramanujan in the hospital.

Ramanujan passed away back in his hometown in the year of 1920 at only a young age of 32 due to disease.


Overall, a good movie to watch. It's the same in life, we have to find someone who would truly believe in us and guide us to become a better person to succeed. Thanks @ShawMovies twitter contest that I won a pair of ticket to watch this movie.

Next movie review: Marvel's Captain America: Civil War which I finally watched. Which side are you on? Team Iron Man (Red) or Team Captain America (Blue)? Stay tuned to my next movie review.


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