I read that-
“The tragedy of Ramanujan was not that he died young, but that his genius was misdirected, side-tracked, and to a certain extent : distorted.
The years between 18 and 25 are the critical years in a mathematician’s career, and the damage had been done. Ramanujan’s genius never had again its chance of full development.
He would probably have been a greater mathematician if he could have been caught and tamed a little in his youth, and He would have discovered more that was new, and that, no doubt, of greater importance.” - G.H. Hardy
I want to know what Hardy meant, so I can understand the problem he is referring to when someone don't get proper education. So my question is -
How it was exhibited/expressed/come to know that Ramanujan was misdirected, side-tracked, and distorted?
What Hardy meant by "caught and tamed a little in his youth"?