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(Daily Mail)   Deathbed theory that came to math genius in a dream is finally proved correct - almost 100 years after he died   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 33
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2012-12-29 10:53:41 AM  
Which would be great if he could tell me the lotto numbers.
 
2012-12-29 11:08:27 AM  
Too bad he didn't have a vision about how to cure pneumonia.
 
2012-12-29 11:49:21 AM  
Ah, Ramanujan - he was a true prodigy - almost completely self taught with books. Too bad he essentially was done in by malnutrition because he was a strict religious vegetarian during the lean times of WWI as well as tuberculosis.
 
2012-12-29 12:54:31 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Too bad he didn't have a vision about how to cure pneumonia.


Or the ghey, just kidding, I meant tuberculosis.

/Riemann still wins
 
2012-12-29 01:19:10 PM  
FTA 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.

My takeaway from this is "uh, uh, okay..."
 
2012-12-29 01:37:03 PM  
Given the expectedly bad science writing I have no idea what Ono was supposed to have just achieved and how it differs from say Sander Zwegers' 2001 work. Given that this is not my field I'm not going to spend a lot of effort trying to figure this out.

There may be a telling sentence FTFA: "For people who work in this area of math, the problem has been open for 90 years"

Why not just say that the problem has been open rather than qualifying it? Could it be that a generalized version of the problem is well known and long solved in a related field but the "people who work in this area of math" didn't know it until now?
 
2012-12-29 01:41:19 PM  
Duplicate news is exciting!
 
2012-12-29 01:45:22 PM  
I find the idea that an actual, practical mathematics idea came in the form of a divine revelation from a Hindu goddess extremely amusing. How do you like them apples, US religious right?
 
2012-12-29 02:05:25 PM  

ko_kyi: I find the idea that an actual, practical mathematics idea came in the form of a divine revelation from a Hindu goddess extremely amusing. How do you like them apples, US religious right?


With all them arms, they can count on their fingers much faster
 
2012-12-29 02:09:41 PM  
I realize here, on Fark I am opening myself up to all kinds of ridicule but here goes:

Does anyone else read articles like this or new "miracle" medical cures etc. and then, wonder for a moment about the sheer genius some people are capable of. Then 10 seconds later get pissed when you realize 95% of these people toil in almost total obscurity and, at best, mediocre financial compensation while some farking MBA whose ENTIRE contribution to the world was "Fire 20,000 people and make the rest work harder" takes home $15M/year...

/yeah I thought it might just be me.
 
2012-12-29 02:11:27 PM  

Fano: ko_kyi: I find the idea that an actual, practical mathematics idea came in the form of a divine revelation from a Hindu goddess extremely amusing. How do you like them apples, US religious right?

With all them arms, they can count on their fingers much faster


Plus, they are awfully good at transforms.

/oh yes...assume a spherical chicken...oh yes...
 
2012-12-29 02:22:53 PM  
It took 90 years because, based on his last words, everyone wasted their time looking for Castle Arrrrgh.
 
2012-12-29 02:36:55 PM  
I saw a profile on this guy on Ancient Aliens. Yep, Giorgio thinks this guy communed with the aliens, too.
 
2012-12-29 02:55:58 PM  
I wish I had smart dreams...
 
2012-12-29 03:04:47 PM  

traxan: I saw a profile on this guy on Ancient Aliens. Yep, Giorgio thinks this guy communed with the aliens, too.


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2012-12-29 03:23:00 PM  
Unless he came up with a way to explain females . . .
 
2012-12-29 03:39:01 PM  
 
2012-12-29 04:27:21 PM  

ko_kyi: I find the idea that an actual, practical mathematics idea came in the form of a divine revelation from a Hindu goddess extremely amusing. How do you like them apples, US religious right?


Yeah, and besides it's not like the Hindu gods and goddesses are all ultimately considered to be different manifestations of Brahman who is really just an outward projection of our own human nature and consciousness or anything.
 
2012-12-29 05:46:44 PM  

red5ish: FTA 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.

My takeaway from this is "uh, uh, okay..."


Yes, ordinary modular forms are so 1980s. So simple. So ordinary. Old and busted. The new hotness is mock modular forms. Next hotness: imaginary modular forms.
 
2012-12-29 05:52:06 PM  

ko_kyi: I find the idea that an actual, practical mathematics idea came in the form of a divine revelation from a Hindu goddess extremely amusing. How do you like them apples, US religious right?


You sound a tad obsessive. Maybe you need to get out more, or get laid, or something.
 
2012-12-29 05:58:46 PM  

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: ou sound a tad obsessive. Maybe you need to get out more, or get laid, or something.


Hardly obsessive, but the rest - sure.
 
2012-12-29 07:04:04 PM  

ko_kyi: I find the idea that an actual, practical mathematics idea came in the form of a divine revelation from a Hindu goddess extremely amusing. How do you like them apples, US religious right?


Devil did it.

/along with aliens
 
2012-12-29 07:39:42 PM  

ko_kyi: I find the idea that an actual, practical mathematics idea came in the form of a divine revelation from a Hindu goddess extremely amusing. How do you like them apples, US religious right?


I applaud you on your poor attempt to turn a cool math story into a political/religious war. I also applaud everyone else here for ensuring you failed.
 
2012-12-29 10:00:21 PM  

Fano: ko_kyi: I find the idea that an actual, practical mathematics idea came in the form of a divine revelation from a Hindu goddess extremely amusing. How do you like them apples, US religious right?

With all them arms, they can count on their fingers much faster


Wouldn't that be farther rather than faster?
 
2012-12-29 10:10:59 PM  

McGrits: Wouldn't that be farther rather than faster?


Perhaps you mean FURTHER?

In other news, TFA...uninformative, or least informative ever? How about ATTEMPTING to give a rationale for the discourse? Roots of 1? Okay. I have a theory on roots of 1. It's really simple, too.
 
2012-12-29 10:51:41 PM  

FitzShivering: I applaud you on your poor attempt to turn a cool math story into a political/religious war. I also applaud everyone else here for ensuring you failed.


What are we going to talk about, the math? I bet maybe 10 people on Fark can have an intelligent discussion about it, and (no big surprise) I ain't one of them.
 
2012-12-29 11:21:03 PM  
FTA: Decades years later, researchers say they've proved he was right - and that the formula could explain the behaviour of black holes.


"Decades years"... are those like light years for time? I don't understand these high end math terms. No wonder it took nearly a century years to prove.
 
2012-12-30 05:16:17 AM  
the-big-bang-theory.com PROUD
 
2012-12-30 05:58:50 AM  
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Name two Hindu gods who sniffed butts
 
Esn
2012-12-30 06:48:22 AM  
@Fizpez, yep. An anecdote which may be related: most of my older family members worked as physicists in the Soviet Union (my grandfather works in Moscow at the same job still, while me and some others emigrated to Canada and are either retired or work in non-science fields such as software design because there isn't much demand for physicists here). Science was one of the things that the USSR made big investments in - Stalin started it off by decreeing that scientists were to be paid an enormous salary (that salary was never once increased after that, so it slowly became less and less profitable to be a scientist, but it was still enough to live on in the 1980s). Anyway, the story I've been told by my grandmother is that when scientists were allowed to go to international conferences and such, and meet the people on the other side of the Iron Curtain whose articles they'd been reading, they were often surprised to see that the researchers whose works they held in highest esteem were, in their own academies, often poor and unappreciated. Low on the totem pole. Which, apparently, wasn't the case in the Soviet system, where talented scientists tended to get promoted even if they had a severe lack of managerial ability and people skills - the two often went together. Which did cause its own problems.

Anyway, the Soviet system collapsed and the US is still standing. The traditional anti-intellectualism of US culture seems to be reasserting itself now that there's no real-world need to be smart. The immigrants are the ones doing most of the thinking, while the locals tend to be good at talking and BSing and less good at doing actual work.
 
Esn
2012-12-30 07:08:20 AM  
The situation might change if the Chinese investments in science start bearing fruit and the US begins to again feel too vulnerable to allow itself the luxury of being intellectually lazy. But for the past while, the main rival of US society has been (portrayed to be) Islamic fundamentalism, an even more intellectually lazy society. And isn't that the problem? The mighty US is perceived to be threatened by a society whose main differentiating feature is its unwavering, uncompromising faith and belief in one's own idea of the truth. If that's what seems to be beating America, there's a natural tendency to think "hmm, maybe this uncompromising faith stuff is what we need to get back on top again".

Not that it has anything to do with those rich MBA folks. But I bet there'd be more public support for science if the country's main rival was a major scientific power.
 
2012-12-30 03:31:05 PM  

scalpod: ko_kyi: I find the idea that an actual, practical mathematics idea came in the form of a divine revelation from a Hindu goddess extremely amusing. How do you like them apples, US religious right?

Yeah, and besides it's not like the Hindu gods and goddesses are all ultimately considered to be different manifestations of Brahman who is really just an outward projection of our own human nature and consciousness or anything.


YOU FOOL! The Myasma fools you into thinking there is a difference between Atman and Bramin.
 
2012-12-31 12:00:01 AM  

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Old and busted. The new hotness is mock modular forms. Next hotness: imaginary modular forms.


ಠ_ಠ ... the old modular forms were already complex-valued and hence included the imaginary case already. U trollin?

/har har

 
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