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Old Math Sheds New Light On Black Holes
2012-12-17 21:26:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online To mark what would have been the 125th birthday of the legendary Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Emory University professor has shown the math icon´s century-old writings might lead to a better understanding of the properties of black holes. “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,”...

2011-06-28 07:45:13

It may not be marked on your holiday calendar but today, June 28, is noted for being "Tau Day", at least among strident detractors of pi, the ratio of a circle's diameter to its circumference, BBC News is reporting. Proponents of Tau Day suggest a constant called tau should replace pi, which comes close to twice the value of pi, or about 6.28 - hence the 28 June celebration. Fans say that for many problems in math, tau makes more sense and makes calculations easier. Not all math geeks agree,...