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National Mathematics Day 2019 Date in India: History and Significance of the Day That Commemorates Srinivasa Ramanujan Birth Anniversary


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Happy National Mathematics Day 2019, readers! Yes, you read it right. There’s a national day of Maths as well, and we celebrate every year on December 22 in India. Well, it may come as a surprise to many, but the event commemorates the birth anniversary of the Indian mathematical genius, i.e. Srinivasa Ramanujan. Let us look at more information, i.e. date, significance etc. of the National Mathematics Day.

 When Will We Celebrate National Mathematics Day 2019?

National Mathematics Day in India is observed every year on December 22. National Mathematics Day 2019 will fall on Sunday, The first such observance took place, was in 2012, when the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced that December 22, will officially be celebrated as the National Mathematics Day.

It was during the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Srinivasa Ramanujan where PM Manmohan Singh said that the day would be celebrated as a mark of respect for the Indian maths genius.

Who Was Srinivasa Ramanujan?

Srinivasa Ramanujan was a genius when it came to mathematics. Despite having no formal training in the subject, Ramanujan aced the subject like he knew his back of the hand. He made immense contributions in Mathematics and solved equations that were considered next to impossible. 

Srinivasa Ramanujan’s notable contributions include Landau–Ramanujan constant, Mock theta functions, Ramanujan conjecture, Ramanujan prime, Ramanujan–Soldner constant, Ramanujan theta function, Rogers–Ramanujan identities, Ramanujan’s master theorem, and Ramanujan–Sato series among others. Notable mathematician GH Hardy once said, “Ramanujan had produced groundbreaking new theorems, including some that had defeated him and his colleagues completely.”

Ramanujan was a wonder kid who did a world of good in the field of mathematics. However, he was only 32 when he breathed his last. The legacy he left behind is unmatchable and one-of-a-kind.

What Is the Significance of National Mathematics Day?

National Mathematics Day celebrates the incredible life and achievements of the maths genius Srinivas Ramanujan. One must remember and cherish his work, contribution, and groundbreaking theories in the field of mathematics. In such a young age, the whizz-kid Ramanujan was bemusing his contemporaries and senior mathematicians alike. There are several competitions, maths quizzes, and other educational activities that are organised in schools and colleges to observe National Mathematics Day. The day is quite significant for those students who have a keen interest in the subject of maths.

As December 22 nears, we at LatestLY wish you all a very ‘Happy National Mathematics Day 2019’ and thank the Indian mathematical genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan, for his immense contribution in maths.