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Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Ever-Intriguing Ramanujan

University of Illinois professor explores the work of Ramanujan:

http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/society/article2134518.ece

“In some ways, it is fortunate that Ramanujan didn't have formal training in math. If he had had to undergo the European kind of math training, he would have had to spend time proving his results vigorously, and would consequently have discovered far less,” says Prof. Berndt. “Some of Ramanujan's math is simply startling. If he had not discovered them, nobody would ever have. These equations make connections between entities you would never have supposed to have connections.”

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