Why is Mathematics Day celebrated on December 22?

National Mathematics Day is celebrated on December 22 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of the legendary mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. He was born in 1887 in Erode, Tamil Nadu to a humble Iyengar Brahmin family.

National Mathematics Day – History

Ramanujan was a self-taught mathematician and is one of the greatest Indian mathematicians of all time.

During his short but influential life, Ramanujan worked on theorems that seemed impossible to solve. He is known for his work in the areas of continued fractions, Riemann series, elliptic integrals, hypergeometric series and functional equations of the zeta function.

On May 2, 1918, he became a member of the Royal Society of London, one of the youngest to receive this honor. Ramanujan died on April 26, 1920 at the age of 32.

National Math Day – Origin

In 2012, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared December 22 as National Mathematics Day and the year (2012) was observed as the National Year of Mathematics. The 2012 Indian label also featured Srinivasa Ramanujan. On this day in 2017, Ramanujan Math Park was inaugurated at Kuppam, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh.

National Mathematics Day – Theme and significance

There is no theme for National Math Day 2022. The day is celebrated in order to realize the importance of mathematics and the progress and developments in the field.

Various schools and institutes organize competitions, olympiads and other educational events to celebrate this day.

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