Talk:Srinivasa Ramanujan

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Bauer[edit]

The Bauer mentioned in the article seems to be G. Bauer, in 1859. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 78.105.0.33 (talk) 12:27, 18 July 2012 (UTC)

Would that be this G. Bauer? Justin W Smith (talk) 15:49, 18 July 2012 (UTC)
Bauer is a common name in Germany. Gustav A. Bauer was active in 1859. He seems to have been active in 1902, when he must have been quite old. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.156.203.64 (talk) 16:52, 19 July 2012 (UTC)

Hardy's remarks on Ramanujan's paper on highly composite numbers[edit]

In the paragraph on Ramanujan's paper on highly composite numbers, there is the statement "Hardy remarked that this was one of the most unusual papers seen in mathematical research at that time and that Ramanujan showed extraordinary ingenuity in handling it." Would someone please cite a reference for this? Jsondow (talk) 06:46, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

Merge proposal of Ramanujan's wife[edit]

Please note a proposal to merge Ramanujan's wife's page to this one. WLU (t) (c) Wikipedia's rules:simple/complex 16:21, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

Done so, per WP:BOLD and since this article will be getting a lot of pageviews today. TheOriginalSoni (talk) 19:04, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

Surprised for the high number of readers?[edit]

This fact can owe to him to a news newly published that refers to certain notes that it would have left in his deathbed. Those writings did not have meaning up to "yesterday" when a mathematicians discovered that it is a sort of equations related to the mathematics that it governs the black holes.

Read more in:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Deathbed-Maths-Theory-Proven-Correct-100-Years-Later-317814.shtml

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2254352/Deathbed-dream-puzzles-renowned-Indian-mathematician-Srinivasa-finally-solved--100-years-died.html

EmpatojayosBrand (talk) 05:20, 30 December 2012 (UTC) (manual edit -> I forgot my password) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 186.106.67.85 (talk)

I think this is important and should be added in the article. Yesterday I talked with Favonian. The question is how to present this information and where? Any idea?
Other than the two sources (dailymail etc) here are few more sources:


  • Regarding the insertion of the sources - I will have to see the sources before saying anything. For the high number of readers, there is only one true answer not the news source but this. TheOriginalSoni (talk) 09:16, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

Missing details between 8 February 1913 and 17 March 1914[edit]

The bio currently misses details of the his life between 1913 and 1914. During this period E. H. Neville, Francis Spring and Richard Littlehailes (new article) wrote three letters to Madras University and Governor of Madras for arrangement of money for Ramanujan to stay in England. This needs to be inserted in the article. Solomon7968 14:57, 17 June 2013 (UTC)

Bernoulli numbers[edit]

The quote from Ramanujan's early paper about Bernoulli numbers contains a mathematical statement that is incorrect. While there is no need to change the quote, the mistake should be noted immediately below it in the article.

The source for the quote is given as Kanigel's book, p. 91. Kanigel, himself, notes the error on p. 192. The numerator of B_20 over 20 factors as 283 x 617, refuting statement 1 of Ramanujan's three quoted properties of Bernoulli numbers.

Since the other two statements are true, it might be useful to give references for them in other wikipedia articles.

Unless someone else wants to work on this, I will make these changes in a few days. Hombre1729 (talk) 15:49, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

His full name[edit]

The Russian version of this article gives his full name, in English, as Srīnivāsa Rāmānujan Iyengar (including accent marks as shown). Should the opening section be changed to indicate this? Hgrosser (talk) 03:14, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

Iyengar denotes a caste and in the case of Ramanujan a different naming was followed. Google books have more "Srinivasa Ramanujan" (13.000) and just 50 dubious Iyengar entries.--ThaThinThaKiThaTha (talk) 13:47, 26 April 2014 (UTC)