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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,”...

2011-01-20 15:13:35

Finite formula found for partition numbers For centuries, some of the greatest names in math have tried to make sense of partition numbers, the basis for adding and counting. Many mathematicians added major pieces to the puzzle, but all of them fell short of a full theory to explain partitions. Instead, their work raised more questions about this fundamental area of math. On Friday, Emory mathematician Ken Ono will unveil new theories that answer these famous old questions. Ono and his...

2008-07-26 00:00:27

By BILL STONE Theatre Writer NEXT month the world-renowned company Complicite returns to the Theatre Royal with their latest production, A Disappearing Number. This tale has two interwoven strands - one an historical snapsnot of the relationship between a Cambridge professor and an Indian mathematician, the other a fictitious love affair between a futures dealer and a lecturer excitedly passing on mathematical discoveries to her pupils - which can be enjoyed on many levels. But anyone...

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...


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