January 6, 2013 21:37
Puzzle, which came to a brilliant Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan in his sleep at his deathbed, was solved almost 100 years after his death.
The data thus obtained can now be used to explain some of the properties of black holes. Near death in 1920, Ramanujan wrote to his mentor, British mathematician Hardy, a set of new mathematical functions, which no one had ever before heard, and wrote their guesses about how they worked. It was only decades later, researchers can say that they have proved that Ramanujan was right, and that this formula can explain the behavior of black holes.
"We finally figured out his last mysterious formula," — says Emory mathematician Ken Ono. "I want to say that this problem remained unsolved by mathematicians for ninety years," — he added.
He also said that Ramanujan was a self-taught mathematician, born in rural South India. "He thought so much about math, twice flunked the entrance exam to the Indian college" — says Ono. Ramanujan's letter describes several new features that are in different environments behave differently when interacting with well-known theta-functions. An equation that can be displayed as a sine graph, generate derivatives, in calculating any emerging values.