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Ramanujan's cryptic formula that can explain behaviour of black holes finally proved

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  1. WMD

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    Almost a century after his death, Indian maths genius Srinivasa Ramanujan's cryptic deathbed theory has been proven correct and scientists say it could explain the behaviour of black holes.

    While on his death-bed, Ramanujan wrote a letter to his mentor, English mathematician G H Hardy in 1920, outlining several new mathematical functions never before heard of, along with a hunch about how they worked.

    American researchers now say Ramanujan's formula could explain the behaviour of black holes, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

    "We have solved the problems from his last mysterious letters. For people who work in this area of math, the problem has been open for 90 years" Emory University mathematician Ken Ono said.

    A black hole is a region of spacetime from which gravity prevents anything, including light, from escaping.

    Born in a rural village in Tamil Nadu, Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematician, spent much of his time thinking about mathematics that he flunked out of college twice, Ono said.

    The maths genius'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, the report said.

    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.

    "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 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. We found the formula explaining one of the visions that he believed came from his goddess," Ono said.

    Researchers were also stunned to find the function could be used even 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 said.

    Ramanujan died young at the age of 32 on April 26, 1920.


    Ramanujan's cryptic formula that can explain behaviour of black holes finally proved - Indian Express

    take that, anyone who's ever looked down to us.
     
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    Only deluded idiots 'look down' upon us.:tongue1:
     
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    such people r also present on this forum, u know who.:YUNO:
     
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    Indian scientist are always ahead in mathematics and theoretical physics.
     
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    What they need are world-class research facilities, like Cern; and proper funding for R&D. If we really want our scientists to reclaim their rightful position in the world- we need to, or atleast GOI needs to focus on a comprehensive R&D program with as much intensity (if not more) as they focus on defence and economic developments.
     
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    No research facilities to train aspiring scientists in the emerging fields of Nanotechnology, Stem Cell, advanced biotechnology, semi conductor physics, Artificial intelligence and Robotics, Aerospace. And all the universities that offering the courses are only based on theory, and no infrastructure on practicals.

    I was doing my masters in Nanotechnology with emphasis on Semiconductor physics, but there was no facility in India for internships, so i quit after 3 months. Now looking at US for MS and PhD.
     
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    We need to spend 2% of our GDP on research and development projects across all spectrum, and increase it to 4-5% over a 2 decade period.
     
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    This is what happens when the various illustrious faculties of the various illustrious institutions in our country put 'grades' before knowledge and 'mugging up and regurgitation' of facts before analysis and conceptualization. Our scientists make break-throughs DESPITE of their socities, peers and institutions. If the GoI or the concerned institutions don't rectify this imbalance;we will keep lagging behind and most of the 'Indian' successes would come from brainiacs like you working in the US.
     
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    First we need to kick that SC/ST, OBC, minority reservations out of education and government jobs. And give the same reservation for the poor underprivileged class.

    You caste should not be your highest degree certificate, you've got to earn that through your hard work. I know 2-3 examples of poor high caste hindus denied seats in IITs, Jadavpur University but now doing Masters (with fee waived by federal government and university) in US.
     
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    PRECISELY. All reservations should be subjected to a person's or families economic back-ground, AND NOTHING ELSE. Besides, the lowering of yard-sticks for SC, ST, OBC is another retarded feature that needs to be thrown out like, yesterday! I really see no point in reservations. If you want the upliftment of a particular social class, you provide them with more opportunities so that they can prepare to actually compete with the rest; NOT FREE PASSES. Remember when kids in bengal used to play and had a concept called 'doodh-bhaat' for the weaker and younger kids? The idea of reservation is much like that. Giving reservations is only deluding the mediocre in thinking that they deserve a job that they are not actually qualified for; and keeping the backward classes in the same place that they are trying to escape.
     
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