Have You Seen The Man Who Knew Infinity?

the-man-who-knew-infinity-dvdOn the flight from Amsterdam to Cape Town, my seat assignment was changed, view-of-clouds-and-wing-from-airplaneso instead of an incredible view out my window,
I saw the middle of a huge wing for eleven hours. So disappointing! the-man-who-knew-infinityThankfully, there were some good films available. the-man-who-knew-infinity-jeremy-ironsMy favorite was a new release from April, 2016:
The Man Who Knew Infinity, starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.notebook-of-srinivasa-ramanujan-from-the-man-who-knew-infinityThis poignant biography recounts the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan,
a brilliant but unschooled clerk from the slums of Madras, India.poring-over-his-studies-in-the-man-who-knew-infinityIn 1913, Srinivasa wrote to the famous mathematician, Professor G.H. Hardy, who was teaching at Cambridge University. cambridge-university-the-man-who-knew-infinityHe asked Professor Hardy’s opinion on several ideas about mathematics. jeremy-irons-as-professor-hardy-in-the-man-who-knew-infinityHardy, recognizing the Indian man’s genius, arranged to have him come to Trinity College in Cambridge to study and collaborate with him.

srinivasa-ramanujan-on-cambridge-campus-from-the-man-who-knew-infinityThe movie is based on Robert Kanigel’s 1991 book about Srinivasa Ramanujan, and it provides evocative insights into the relationship between Ramanujan, a devout Indian Hindu “Prince of Intuition,” and his mentor, Dr. Hardy, who was an eccentric and emotionally withdrawn “Apostle of Proof.” srinivasa-ramanujan-dying-of-t-b-in-the-man-who-knew-infinityAs comes out in the story, Ramanujan worked tirelessly, but to his own detriment, ignoring signs of developing tuberculosis until it was too late. the-real-srinivasa-ramanujan-the-man-who-knew-infinity-2He died at only thirty-two, but he left behind a legacy of mathematical theory that is still being probed today. Srinivasa Ramanujan seemed like such an admirable person that I couldn’t help but feel our world really lost a lot in losing him. legacy-of-the-man-who-knew-infinityIt made me think of other geniuses who died young: John Keats, Emily Bronte, Percy Shelley,  Alexander the Great, Mozart, Schubert, Van Gogh, Jeanne d’Arc, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux…the list goes on! How would our world be enriched if these brilliant people had lived longer lives? crucifixion-by-pietro-perugino-1482-wikiOn the other hand, what about Jesus, who died at thirty-three? His dying wasn’t a great loss, though; it was a great gain! His death and resurrection provided forgiveness for our sins, and because of his sacrifice we are offered regeneration and resurrection life! Jesus knows not only infinity, but beyond!

transfiguration-of-jesus-by-carl-bloch-wiki-jpgThank you, Jesus, for laying down your life for our sakes.
The world will continue to plumb the depths of your love forever!

st-peter-freed-from-prison-by-pier-francesco-mola-1612-1666“And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?”
(Charles Wesley, 1738)charles_wesley-by-john-russell-wiki

Rise Up, My Love (140): The Mystery of Christ’s Taking Pleasure in Us

LoveSong of Solomon 5:1 “I have drunk my wine with my milk.” Again, the metaphor conjures up visions of perfected fullness. He has drunk his wine and milk together. Milk is for a child…wine for an adult; milk is for nourishment and growth…wine is for the fullness of joy; milk is the natural outflow of reproduction, and speaks of that which is by God’s natural design…wine is distilled and speaks of God’s heavenly purposes. In taking his bride unto himself, the bridegroom imbibes that which meets the needs of both youth and age, that which nurtures and strengthens as well as bringing joy, that which satisfies the natural and the spiritual man. In his wife he experiences the satisfaction for his longings and the fullness of joy. Oh blissful, precious thought that our Lord could find such satisfaction in us!Jesus with woman at wellCan it be? If we could only grasp the reality of Christ’s love for us, wouldn’t we love sitting at his feet like Mary and communing with him above all other earthly delights (Luke 10:38-42)? It is a mystery to me that he could find such delight in his people, and yet I believe this is exactly what he is saying. We are to him more than the sweetest and the best physical pleasures. This is the “meat to eat that ye know not of” (John 4:32). Christ bringing his bride to himself meant more to him than physical food. In John chapter four, we see that he was more refreshed by a transformed life than by a drink of water! His enjoyment of his own is a greater delight than feasting on honey and wine. “O taste and see that the Lord is good,” and then invite him to enjoy the sweetness that he has also produced in us!