Srinivasa Ramanujan – 100-by-100 Biography Magic Square

Ramanujan and Magic Squares

Srinivasa Ramanujan had a special affinity toward numbers. His taxi-cab number (1729) incident is popular. A Mathematician without parallel, he made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory,infinite series, and continued fractions. His works have been collected and analyzed.

Incidentally, in the opening page of the first Ramanujan’s notebook, there begins by working out a 3×3 Magic Square!

Having worked on a variety of special Magic squares ourselves, we could not think of a greater tribute to Srinivasa Ramanujan than this!

Summary

This is one of the biggest number puzzles we have done so far! This Biography Magic Square summarizes the important events that happened in the life of Sri Srinivasa Ramanujan.

The important dates in the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan were compiled from various sources. These dates were taken two digits at a time, representing either the date of the month or the month or the first/second half of the four-digit year.      As an example, Ramanujan’s date-of-birth 22-12-1887, is taken as four separate entries as    22    12    18 and 87. In short, Ramanujan’s entire life history is reproduced here, Ramanujan-style.

Srinivasa Ramanujan 100x100 biography MagicSquare

Srinivasa Ramanujan 100×100 biography MagicSquare

Construction

Important dates from Ramanujan’s life were collected and these were then arranged horizontally in a row, from left to right. This row would form the top row of this biography magic square. The rest of the magic square is constructed after assembling this row.

This magic square has the properties of a conventional magic square, namely the sum of the entries along each row/column/diagonal sum up to the same magic-sum 2183.
It has these additional properties:
- starting from left to right, or, from top to bottom, we have embedded magic squares of orders 4 x 4 , 8 x 8, 12 x 12, 16 x 16, 20 x 20, and then in increased orders of 25 x25, 30 x 30, 36 x 36, 42 x 42, 49 x 49, 56 x 56, 64 x 64, 72 x 72, 81 x 81, 90 x 90, and finally 100 x 100. This is thus a cascade of magic-squares-inside-a-magic-sqaure!

Thus the total 100 x 100 Ramanujan Biography Magic square will contain the following 184 smaller magic squares of sizes as listed below:


Size of Magic Square      Number of such Magic Squares                       Total Entries


4 x 4  Magic squares          25             25   ( 4 x 4 )           =       400   squares

5 x 5  Magic squares          20             20   ( 5 x 5 )           =       500   squares

6 x 6  Magic squares          24             24   ( 6 x 6 )           =       864   squares

7 x 7  Magic squares          28             28   ( 7 x 7 )           =     1372   squares

8 x 8  Magic squares          32             32   ( 8 x 8 )           =     2048   squares

9 x 9  Magic squares          36             36   ( 9 x 9 )           =     2916   squares

10 x 10  Magic squares     19             19 (10 x 10 )          =     1900   squares


Total                                         184  (Different sized squares)   10,000   Squares


Sidenote

We have constructed a smaller 16 x 16 version of this Biography Magic Square with fewer details, which you can find here.

This was earlier published in an article ”A Unique Novel Homage to the Great Indian Mathematician“ in the March 2013 (Volume 23, Pg 146-147) Mathematics Newsletter published by the Ramanujan Mathematics Society. (download free).

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