Many Indian discoveries have been wrongly attributed to European scholars
It was roughly a century ago that J.E. Littlewood, a renowned British mathematician, noted that every positive integer was a personal friend of Srinivasa Ramanujan. The Man Who Knew Infinity, a biopic on Ramanujan—a legendary mathematician born in 1887 in modern Tamil Nadu—released in India on Friday reminded his admirers of this dollop of history. A man with no formal training in mathematics, he would go on to secure several remarkable breakthroughs in his short life of 32 years.