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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,”...

2007-03-13 15:00:22

By MARK JOHNSON Two number theorists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison were flying above the clouds on their way to a conference in the summer of 2005, and halfway between Detroit and Manchester, N.H., a more than 80-year-old mathematical mystery unraveled. Strange, complex formulas known as mock theta functions began to yield their secrets, opening a world of possibilities: new ways to make the Internet more secure, calculate the energy in black holes and understand how particles...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.