14 December 2016

"The Man Who Knew Infinity"

The Man Who Knew Infinity is a 2015 British biographical drama film based on the 1991 book of the same name by Robert Kanigel. The film stars Dev Patel as Srinivasa Ramanujan, a real-life mathematician who after growing up poor in Madras, India, earns admittance to Cambridge University during World War I, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G. H. Hardy, portrayed by Jeremy Irons.
A very good movie.

Related: List of films about mathematicians


  1. I suggest also this film:
    BBC Dangerous Knowledge

    This is an important documentary about four very important and famous mathematicians working on "dangerous ideas," including Georg Cantor as messenger of god in his search for infinity, Ludwig Boltzmann as the genius of disorder in his statistical mechanics supporting the development of thermodynamics, Kurt Gödel proved that there are some problems which can not be proved, while Alan Turing proved that not only are there some problems which can not be proved, we can not know which problems are solvable in advance in his "halting problem" for computability. Each contributed in fundamental ways towards the questions: "What can be known?" "What can not be known?" "And outside the limits of the human mind, how to discern which is which?

  2. I saw it on inflight during my trip to New Zealand a few months ago. Personally, I would rate it three stars. Good enough for entertainment but hardly classic material.

  3. I think it sounds great ~ I can't wait to see it!


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