Author Hauptman, Ira
Year 2003

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Kasmana:This play about the interaction between the mathematicians Hardy and Ramanujan explores the "partitions" that differentiate the men from eachother (Hardy's mathematical rigor versus Ramanujan's intuitive sense, the differences between British and Indian culture, etc.) as well as "partitions" in the mathematical sense. Included in the story as characters are Fermat and the goddess Namagiri (who literally writes mathematics on the tongue of the young Indian genius). The suggestion in the play that prior to his death, Ramanujan was close to discovering a proof of Fermat's Last Theorem based on modular forms (like the 1994 proof by Wiles and Taylor) has no historical basis and it therefore somewhat disturbing, but otherwise mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike seem to like the script.