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Deathbed Theory of An Indian Mathematical Genius Proven Correct

Nearly 100 Years After His Death

Deathbed Theory of An Indian Mathematical Genius Proven Correct



Srinivasa Ramanujan, described as a ‘natural genius’, has finally had the mathematical functions he came up with on his deathbed proved correct.

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 behavior of black holes.

‘We’ve solved the problems from his last mysterious letters,’ Emory University mathematician Ken Ono said.

‘For people who work in this area of math, the problem has been open for 90 years,’

Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematician born in a rural village in South India, spent so much time thinking about math that he flunked out of college in India twice, Ono said.

Ramanujan’s letter described several new functions that behaved differently from known theta functions, or modular forms, and yet closely mimicked them.

Functions are equations that can be drawn as graphs on an axis, like a sine wave, and produce an output when computed for any chosen input or value.




Ramanujan conjectured that his mock modular forms corresponded to the ordinary modular forms earlier identified by Carl Jacobi, and that both would wind up with similar outputs for roots of 1.

Described as a raw genius, he independently rediscovered many existing results, as well as making his own unique contributions, believing his inspiration came from the Hindu goddess Namagiri. He overcame several hurdles to find a place among the celebrated intellectuals of Cambridge.

However, no one at the time understood what Ramanujan was talking about.

‘It wasn’t until 2002, through the work of Sander Zwegers, that we had a description of the functions that Ramanujan was writing about in 1920,’ Ono said.

Ono and his colleagues drew on modern mathematical tools that had not been developed before Ramanujan’s death to prove this theory was correct.

‘We proved that Ramanujan was right,’ Ono says.

‘We found the formula explaining one of the visions that he believed came from his goddess.’

The team were also stunned to find the function could be used today.

‘No one was talking about black holes back in the 1920s when Ramanujan first came up with mock modular forms, and yet, his work may unlock secrets about them,’ Ono says.

‘Ramanujan’s legacy, it turns out, is much more important than anything anyone would have guessed when Ramanujan died,’ Ono said.

The findings were presented at the Ramanujan 125th conference at the University of Florida, ahead of the 125th anniversary of the mathematician’s birth on Dec. 22nd.

December 22, 2012 marked the 125th birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the self taught mathematician born into a modest and conservative family in Kumbakonam, a relatively small town in Tamilnadu.

Ramanujan passed away at the young age of 32 of tuberculosis, but he left behind formulations in mathematics that have paved the path for many scholars who came after him.

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9 Responses to "Deathbed Theory of An Indian Mathematical Genius Proven Correct"

  1. Praveen Kirsur  February 17, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Please NOTE: ALWAYS A PEST OR A WEED GETS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PLANTS n TREES..
    same way , G H Hardy is associated with Srinivasa Ramanujan.
    G H Hardy ==>>> how a stupid mind can mentor such a brainy Srinivasa Ramanujan Hindu??
    ———————
    Foreigners always try to steal or associate themselves wherever they feel great things are happening.

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  2. Amit  April 27, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Jut remember that without Hardy, Ramanujan would have been a nobody. Hardy may not have been brilliant himself, but he had the humility to recognise brilliance.

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  3. sorub  April 28, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Praveen Kirsur, if you say that Ramunajan is a hindu mathematician then nobody will bother about Ramanujan. Come out of RSS terrorism.

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  4. S.A.Srinivasa Sarma  April 30, 2015 at 5:07 am

    It it unfortunate that we could not recognise his talents in India. Unless the western stamp is there, no one is recognised as talented in India and it holds good even today. We need to discover our own greatness, even while moving ahead with latest technologies. We had a a great past and rediscover its greatness.

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  5. Prakash Dolas  July 20, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Just for the record, Prof Hardy was a well established and respected mathematician of his time, and don’t see what is wrong in describing Ramanujan as Hindu mathematician- he was a devout Hindu and credited his godess for his contributions.

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  6. Kiran  July 21, 2015 at 7:13 am

    @Sorub : Praveen is referring to real Bharat’s Root origin & ppl belonging to it are so called…..Even u can b called so 🙂 , Come out of the TRANCE of d terrorism my bharatwasi (if u r claim to be so) this is BHARAT

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  7. Pooja  July 24, 2015 at 8:42 am

    @Sorub: What is the problem if we call a Hindu, a Hindu? Does the word Hindu mean a terrorist? If people can be proud Muslims, proud Christians, then why should we not be proud to be Hindus? And in fact, we have all the rights to feel proud in being Hindus as ours is the most scientific religion in the world (The Sanatan Dharma). If you don’t agree with that.. blame your lack of knowledge. And by the way, on what basis do you call RSS a terrorist organization? Do they kill people from other religion? Do they attack religious places of other religions? You don’t have the slightest idea what RSS does, so first update your knowledge.

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  8. Sarvesh saraswat  July 26, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Sourub is a libtard.
    Self loathing gutter bug.
    Blind west follower as of being copy cat because he has borrowed vision of his own origin.
    These libtard usually call terrorist as unaware with no religion But they blame a peaceful, proud , truthful, aware Vedic/Sanatani as saffron terrorist .
    Pathetic anti nationalist , this ass sourub is.
    Should die drowning himself in his western master’s gutter.

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  9. Naresh  April 26, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Try to keep the argument in scientific way please do not go away can’t wait to watch Ramanujan the movie

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