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  • Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.

A Dark And Pudgy Genius

I love math and was delighted when Xfinity Xbox Home Streaming offered me a free viewing of the movie, "The Man Who Knew Infinity" - Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons. I had heard of the mathematics genius Srinivasa Ramanujan and wondered about him. The movie was excellent except with regard to the portrayal of his race. Dev Patel is a fine actor, but Mr. Ramanujan was southern Indian, Mr. Patel is not.

"Srinivasa Ramanujan FRS was an Indian mathematician who lived during the British Rule in India. Though he had almost no formal training in pure mathematics, he made substantial contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions, including solutions to mathematical problems then considered unsolvable..."

Shortly before his death at age 32, Srinivasa Ramanujan traveled to England where he published under the tutelage of G. H. Hardy at the University of Cambridge. It is my understanding that Mr. Ramanujan's work informs theoretical mathematics being done today.

Srinivasa Ramanujan 1887-1920, Source: Wikipedia, fair use.

The man was dark and pudgy, give credit for his genius to who he really was,

a Tamil Brahmin Iyengar, don't pretend that he was Aryan.

Acknowledge and respect his reality.

This self-taught genius was more than good enough as he was.

Prayers by Annmarie Throckmorton 2021.

Dev Patel is a fine actor of Gujarati heritage, who are Indo-Aryan.

Source:, free use



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