بيمارستان آمده، عدد بي ربط و بي خاصيت 1729 بوده است . رامانوجان بلافاصله
ضمن رد ادعاي هاردي به او يادآور شد كه اتفاقا 1729 بسيار جالب توجه است .
To many mathematicians, the mere mention of the number 1729 recalls the following incident involving mathematicians G.H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan:
Once, in the taxi from London [to Putney], Hardy noticed its number, 1729. He must have thought about it a little because he entered the room where Ramanujan lay in bed and, with scarcely a hello, blurted out his disappointment with it. It was, he declared, "rather a dull number," adding that he hoped that wasn't a bad omen.
"No, Hardy," said Ramanujan. "It is a very interesting number