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Srinivasa Ramanujan

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Researchers have finally solved the cryptic deathbed puzzle renowned Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan claimed came to him in dreams.

While on his death-bed in 1920, Ramanujan wrote a letter to his mentor, English mathematician G. H. Hardy, outlining several new mathematical functions never before heard of, along with a hunch about how they worked.

Decades years later, researchers say they’ve proved he was right – and that the formula could explain the behaviour of black holes.

via Deathbed dream puzzles of renowned Indian mathematician Srinivasa finally solved – 100 years after he died | Mail Online.

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2 Comments

  1. December 30, 2012

    what is the actual “Deathbed” problem

  2. December 30, 2012

    I think it’s something to do with theta functions, which I definitely do not know.

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