There are references in the film to "Gunga Din", the poem by Rudyard Kipling. Characters quote 'Din! Din! Din!', a repeated phrase from the poem, and also mention the name, 'Gunga Din'. Ramanujan, like Gunga Din, is an Indian undervalued by his white peers. The key lines from the poem that apply to Ramanujan's situation and his relationships with the Cambridge academics occur in the last verse. The narrator of the poem acknowledges the mistreatment given by himself and the other white men to Gunga Din and the poem finishes with the line, "You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din".
Sir, do you know something I do not?
G.H. Hardy: Apparently not!
G.H. Hardy: Oh! God and I don't exactly see eye-to-eye. So if I prepare for rain, then it won't. So far, so good.
G.H. Hardy: I'm Hardy. And I'm spending the afternoon in the Wren Library!
G.H. Hardy: Now we're sure to have sunshine. ...
When Ramanujan arrives at Trinity College, Littlewood points to a tree and claims that is the tree where Newton got hit in the head by an apple and "invented"/discovered the theory of gravity. It is generally believed that Newton achieved the key insights to develop the Theory of Gravity while Cambridge was closed due to the Great Plague (August of 1665 through March of 1667); so even if the story of the apple were true, it would not have occurred at Trinity College.
Additionally, the tree is called a sapling -- which it clearly is not. Further, if the tree had been there at the time of Newton, then could not be a sapling at the time this event occurred.
Card before the title: "Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth but supreme beauty." - Bertrand Russell
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