1729, The Taxicab Number
In this video Simon Singh explains the taxicab number (Simpsons), 1729.
The real story is that of Ramanujan, his astonishing genius, his sad and victorious journey as a mathematical genius. Singh has been on PBS explaining this and that – Simon has a real gift for explaining stuff, making the abstract into human stories.
Ramanujan’s genius unites the aesthetic and scientific. Ramanujan had an intuitive sense of the underlying order of the world.
Wiki writes that Ramanujan said, “An equation for me has no meaning, unless it represents a thought of God.”