Alec Nevala-Lee

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Srinivasa Ramanujan

I remember once going to see [Ramanujan] when he was ill at Putney. I had ridden in taxi cab number 1729 and remarked that the number seemed to me rather a dull one, and that I hoped it was not an unfavorable omen. “No,” he replied, “it is a very interesting number; it is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways.”

G.H. Hardy, on Srinivasa Ramanujan

(On hearing this story, J.E. Littlewood remarked: “Every positive integer is one of Ramanujan’s personal friends.”)

Written by nevalalee

August 30, 2013 at 7:30 am

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