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Math Formula Gives New Glimpse Into the Magical Mind of Ramanujan
December 11, 2012
The 125th anniversary of the birth of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan is Dec. 22. Ramanujan was renowned for intuiting extraordinary numerical patterns without the use of proofs or modern mathematical tools. Emory University mathematician Ken Ono has solved one of the greatest puzzles left behind by the enigmatic Indian genius with the development of a formula for mock modular forms that may prove useful to physicists who study black holes.
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