The name Ramanujan isn’t new to me: I already knew (don’t ask me how) that this young Indian mathematician had come to England in the beginning of the twentieth century, because some of the things he wrote were quite astounding for someone who did not complete college. I am surprised, however, that someone took the time to turn his life (or at least something a lot like his life) into a feature movie, called “The Man Who Knew Infinity“.
Stephen Wolfram has written up an extensive article about the life and the importance of Ramanujan: “Who was Ramanujan?“. It’s well worth reading this, if you’re going to see the movie. And I will try to go see it, preferably in a theater, if I did not already miss the opportunity. I prefer this kind of science heroes to the usual superheroes of the current silver screen ;-)