Prime Minister addresses the curtain raiser press conference of India International Science Festival 2020
The theme of the Indian International Science Festival is ‘Science for Self Reliant India and Global Welfare’
About India International Science Festival 2020
- To promote scientific temper in society, Ministries of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences in association with Vijnana Bharati conceptualized the IISF.
- Launched in 2015, IISF is a celebration to promote science and technology.
- The aim is to engage the public with science, celebrate the joy of science and show how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics can provide solutions to improve lives.
- The goal of the IISF 2020 is to help youth develop 21st century skills, with a focus on scientific knowledge, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork.
- A long-term objective is to encourage students to study and work in scientific fields.
- The event began on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Ramanujan
A brief note on Srinivasan Ramanujan
- He was born on 22nd December 1887 in Erode, India
- Ramanujan, Indian mathematician whose contributions to the theory of numbers include pioneering discoveries of the properties of the partition function.
- He also discovered the properties of the partition function
- 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.
- In 1911 Ramanujan published the first of his papers in the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society.
- His genius slowly gained recognition, and in 1913 he began a correspondence with the British mathematician Godfrey H. Hardy led to a special scholarship from the University of Madras and a grant from Trinity College, Cambridge.
- His original and highly unconventional results, such as the Ramanujan prime, the Ramanujan theta function, partition formulae and mock theta functions, have opened entire new areas of work and inspired a vast amount of further research
- In 1918 Ramanujan became one of the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society of London and only the second Indian member, and the first Indian to be elected a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
- During his short life, Ramanujan independently compiled nearly 3,900 results (mostly identities and equations).
- In 1919, due to hepatic amoebiasis (a complication from episodes of dysentery many years previously) compelled Ramanujan’s return to India, where he died in 1920 at the age of 32
- His “lost notebook”, containing discoveries from the last year of his life, caused great excitement among mathematicians when it was rediscovered in 1976