Sunday, December 30, 2012
Deathbed math puzzle solved-after 100 years
You may have seen this one already. I found it fascinating. A math genius from India drew a puzzle on his deathbed that baffled scientists for almost 100 years. He said it had appeared to him in a dream (In my dreams, people are always chasing me)...
While on his death-bed in 1920, Ramanujan wrote a letter to his mentor, English mathematician G. H. Hardy, outlining several new mathematical functions never before heard of, along with a hunch about how they worked.
Decades years later, researchers say they've proved he was right - and that the formula could explain the behavior of black holes.