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    A movie is made of this person. He's been called the most weird/extreme mathematician by Marc Zuckerberg, and Micha Kaku.

    The guy was born poor in India, given one math textbook and with only that he discovered a huge number of new math theorems. He never graduated though was invited to England, and made incredible math discoveries which are still way ahead even for todays standards. The unfortunate part was that he mainly rediscovered math that was already developed in the west, and that he died at a young age. He said he got his formula's from God in his dreams (lolwut!). A new note book was discovered after his death, giving an extra boost to his already cult status.

    I called him the most gifted mathematician ever, because i have no other way to describe this extraordinary person.

    Some pics are on google.

    I think he's either LII or ILI. What do you guys think?

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    I've done some reading about him. He seemed to have a very mystical and spiritual side, something often attributed more to ILI. He often claimed to get his insights from dreams, said he'd wake up and quickly write down what he saw. Would that be more Ni-ish or Ne-ish? I often do that myself, write little poems in my dreams and then scribble them down on real paper only to see how utterly stupid they are when I'm fully awake.

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    From VI he seems quite clearly ILI, signs are there that he's rather relaxed and adaptable, as opposed to being far more tense, as LIIs are.

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    I wouldn't rule out LSI's regarding eccentricity by the way, since they are known to harbour such characteristics. Technocrat (ST) scientists are quite prevalent.

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    He certainly was gifted, but probably not the most gifted mathematician ever.

    My vague impression of his type was IEI, he seemed to have difficulty with the technical aspects of math, he would basically just write down the answer and had difficulty proving theorems formally for a long time. His mentor Hardy seems LSI or maybe ESI.

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    I think IXI.

    Quote Originally Posted by thehotelambush View Post
    My vague impression of his type was IEI, he seemed to have difficulty with the technical aspects of math, he would basically just write down the answer and had difficulty proving theorems formally for a long time. His mentor Hardy seems LSI or maybe ESI.
    This sounds rather IEI:

    "He seemed to have been perhaps emotionally more interested in his philosophical ideas than in his mathematical work. He spoke with such enthusiasm about the philosophical questions that sometimes I felt he would have been better pleased to have succeeded in establishing his philosophical theories than in supplying rigorous proofs of his mathematical conjectures.”

    “Ramanujan had a somewhat shy and quiet disposition, a dignified bearing, and pleasant manners. He would listen carefully to that other people were saying but would usually remain silent. If he was asked any question, or on rare occasions, if he joined in any general conversation, he would speak frankly, but briefly. Whilst speaking to a friend or in very small groups, he would, however, expound his own ideas with great enthusiasm, not only on philosophical questions but occasionally also on other subjects in which he was seriously interested. Although I could not follow his mathematics, he left a lasting impression on my mind. His bright eyes and gentle face with a friendly smile are still vivid in my mind.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Singularity View Post
    I think IXI.



    This sounds rather IEI:

    "He seemed to have been perhaps emotionally more interested in his philosophical ideas than in his mathematical work. He spoke with such enthusiasm about the philosophical questions that sometimes I felt he would have been better pleased to have succeeded in establishing his philosophical theories than in supplying rigorous proofs of his mathematical conjectures.”

    “Ramanujan had a somewhat shy and quiet disposition, a dignified bearing, and pleasant manners. He would listen carefully to that other people were saying but would usually remain silent. If he was asked any question, or on rare occasions, if he joined in any general conversation, he would speak frankly, but briefly. Whilst speaking to a friend or in very small groups, he would, however, expound his own ideas with great enthusiasm, not only on philosophical questions but occasionally also on other subjects in which he was seriously interested. Although I could not follow his mathematics, he left a lasting impression on my mind. His bright eyes and gentle face with a friendly smile are still vivid in my mind.”

    http://www.imsc.res.in/~rao/ramanujan/newnow/pcm5.htm
    The site also mentions how he was working on a theory of everything, and him appreciating the author helping him to protect himself from the cold in England. So far as that goes it suggests LII.

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