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

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.

Herman Cain’s Pseudomathematics : EvolutionBlog

I love it when people get caught out trying to snow others with fake math references. Now it’s the turn of Herman Cain.

Finding out that [Herman] Cain was a math major gives me the same flush of embarrassment I get when I hear that a Jew did something bad. As for bamboozling people with mathematics, thats just an old creationist trick.

via Herman Cain’s Pseudomathematics : EvolutionBlog.

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Since you are now studying geometry and trigonometry, I will give you a problem. A ship sails the ocean. It left Boston with a cargo of wool. It grosses 200 tons. It is bound for Le Havre. The mainmast is broken, the cabin boy is on deck, there are 12 passengers aboard, the wind is blowing East-North-East, the clock points to a quarter past three in the afternoon. It is the month of May. How old is the captain?

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I have assigned myself the task of listening to Bill Bryson‘s A Short History of Nearly Everything by the time of next Saturday night’s lecture at the Mercantile.This book sits currently (in my mental bookcase if not my physical bookcase) with Richard Dawkins and my fancy anniversary illustrated copy of The Origin of the Species. It continues my fascination with discovering how the world works.

That is why I loved math: it was like suddenly being let in on the secrets of the universe. The fundamental theorem of calculus describes the whole universe.