Jeremy Irons as G.H. Hardy in “The Man Who Knew Infinity.”

“The Man Who Knew Infinity” is a 2015 film about the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a prominent mathematician in the early 20th century.

Ramanujan was born poor in India and rose to prominence at Cambridge University during World War I with the guidance of his mentor, G.H. Hardy.

Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons plays Hardy in the film, and many of the contributions Ramanujan made to mathematics still impact us today.

On Friday, the White House hosts a panel discussion on the role of storytelling, cinema, and media in disseminating science and mathematics. The panel discussion features the following people:

Jeremy Irons, actor, “The Man Who Knew Infinity” DJ Patil, U.S. chief data scientist Jo Handelsman, associate director for science, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Knatokie Ford, senior policy adviser, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy France Córdova, director, National Science Foundation Andrea Hairston, mathematician, National Security Agency Ken Ono, professor of mathematics at Emory University, founder of Spirit of Ramanujan Initiative

Watch the panel below. The video begins at the 1:06:30 mark.

—Posted by Eric Ortiz


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