This first link leads to an hour-long documentary on YouTube on the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920). Prepared in 1987 for the commemoration of Ramanujan's 100th birthday, this documentary honors a mathematical genius from whom we continue, still in the 21st century, to learn. Ramanujan was celebrated earlier in this blog, on 18 February 2011, with a poem by Jonathan Holden.
I want also to direct you to a Scientific American Guest Blog posting on 9 February 2013 by Bob Grumman. Since his first SA Guest Blog posting on 28 July 2012, Grumman has been offering, about once a month, his unique views on the intersections of mathematics and poetry. Primarily interested in visual poetry, Grumman features his own work along with that of numerous other poets -- including e e cummings, Betsy Franco, Scott Helmes, Gerald Kaufman. and Kaz Maslanka. The 9 February 2013 posting features work by California activist Karl Kempton -- and I offer a sample below to encourage you to visit the SA blog for more of Karl's interesting work.
|"The Root of Pi" by Karl Kempton|
A few days from now, on March 14, is Pi-day. And, thinking of Pi, I want to note links to several of this blog's previous posting on this special number. 2 September 2010, 6 September 2010 , 15 March 2011, 27 November 2011, and 3 May 2012. Finally, for a site that follows lots of mathy blogs and offers links and recommendations, visit mathblogging.org.