A new app pays tribute to Srinivasa Ramanujan

All you need is a combination of logic, math skill and speed to solve this problem. Called Nine Magic Tiles, the new gaming app is launched by Hey Math as a tribute to mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan’s love for numbers. Hey Math has tied up with Camphor Cinema, the makers of the English-Tamil biopic Ramanujan, directed by Gnana Rajasekaran.

There are nine magic tiles in the game and the challenge is to unlock each tile as fast as possible using mathematical reasoning. As you unlock each tile, you earn points and you move on to the next tile, and so on. As you unlock each tile, a number reveals itself and at the end of nine tiles, the numbers draw the player into an area of number theory that fascinated Ramanujan.

The app educates the player on Ramanujan and his contribution to mathematics. Says Nirmala Sankaran, co-founder of Hey Math! “Ramanujan’s extraordinary discoveries, his journey from a humble background in South India to the chapels of Cambridge University is a great motivator for students to push the boundaries in their mathematical skills.”

Players can submit their total score to the leaderboard at any time and the top scorers stand a chance to win movie tickets and merchandise. The game can be played by children (above six years) and adults. The background music for the App has been composed by Ramesh Vinayakam, the music director of Ramanujan.

The composition revolves around numbers. In the first part of the tune, one can hear numbers 1 to 9, and the music that follows is a combination of numbers that gives the players a sneak peek into the music of the film.

The game app can be downloaded on all mobile devices at http://ninemagictiles.heymath.com

or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.heymath.ninemagictiles

The first teaser of the Tamil version of the film was released recently on YouTube. The 40-second teaser highlights the grandeur of early 20th century England, British India and South Indian towns.