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Questioning Cinema: The Man Who Knew Infinity



James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23284


Explore diversity in science, genius and the importance of mathematical proofs through Matt Brown's The Man Who Knew Infinity. This 2015 biopic tells the little-known story of the life and academic career of the pioneer mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, played by Dev Patel, and his friendship with his mentor, G.H. Hardy, played by Jeremy Irons. Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematical genius, leaves his native India just before World War I to study at Cambridge University. There, he struggled to follow his religious inspiration while adapting to Western academic practice in order to prove his theorems for the mathematical establishment.
At the event, attendees will view the film, then discuss the themes behind it and learn how to use library and online resources to question what we've seen.
  • 5 p.m. - screening begins
  • 7 p.m. - pizza and discussion
This event is free and open to the public, but please register. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, or to register offline, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593 prior to November 8, 2016.


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Watch the Trailer

Image: The Man Who Knew Infinity poster


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