As World War I heated up and Cambridge grew cold, Srinivasa Ramanujan huddled under his bedspread with an overcoat on (and a shawl for good measure).
Cambridge in 1914 was a place where you never knew which doyen of what subject you would meet in a chance encounter. Another student from India, who would go on to found the Indian Statistical Institute, made a friendship with Ramanujan. After many meetings, he found that the prodigy mathematician from South India had yet to figure out the way blankets are laid in British beds – tucked underneath a duvet.
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