Power of numbers, story of friendship

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‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’, a biopic on Srinivasa Ramanujan, one of the greatest mathematicians the world has ever known, to hit screens on 5 May

‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ leaps straight from the history books to the big screen to deliver the amazing true story about the genius of one man — self-taught mathematical and Indian icon, Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Dev Patel lovingly brings Ramanujan to life, exploring the brilliance of a man many believed could decipher the very fabric of the universe – possibly existence itself. Driven by his destiny for a greater calling, Ramanujan’s life was turned upside down when Cambridge professor, GH Hardy (Jeremy Irons) plucked him from obscurity in his homeland of India and brought him to England. The pair would go on to become unlikely friends and make up one of history’s most bewildering and productive collaborations,  working on the most complex mathematical problems known to man.

Separated from his wife and family, Ramanujan had to overcome racial prejudice and differences in language, culture and religion; as he battled for acceptance by the British academic establishment. In the end his thinking could not be denied. His work was recognised and ultimately revered by the some of the greatest mathematical minds.

To this day, the mystery of Ramanujan’s mind remains a fascination. His work is still incredibly relevant today and many of the theories he posed relate to topics (like black holes) that did not actually exist during his lifetime.

This truly inspirational tale is not only a story of numbers, but one of determination, passion, spirituality and the power of love and friendship.  Get to know ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ — in Cinemas from 5 May.

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