History[ edit ] After Ramanujan died on April 26, , at the age of 32, his wife gave his notebooks to the University of Madras. On August 30, , the registrar Francis Drewsbury sent much of this material to G. The manuscript contains no introduction or covering letter. In fact, there are hardly any words in the manuscript. There are a few marks evidently made by a cataloguer, and there are a few remarks in the handwriting of G. Undoubtedly, the most famous objects examined in the lost notebook are the mock theta functions
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Among these papers, Andrews discovered a sheaf of pages in the handwriting of Srinivasa Ramanujan. Most of the entries examined in this volume fall under the purviews of number theory and classical analysis. Several incomplete manuscripts of Ramanujan published by Narosa with the lost notebook are discussed. Three of the partial manuscripts are on diophantine approximation, and others are in classical Fourier analysis and prime number theory. Most of the entries in number theory fall under the umbrella of classical analytic number theory.
Perhaps the most intriguing entries are connected with the classical, unsolved circle and divisor problems. While some of the content is taken directly from published papers, most chapters contain new material and some previously published proofs have been improved.
Many entries are just begging for further study and will undoubtedly be inspiring research for decades to come. The next installment in this series is eagerly awaited. This is the first step It should act as an inspiration to future generations of mathematicians to tackle a job that will never be complete.
George Andrews (mathematician)
Bauer in The second was new to Hardy, and was derived from a class of functions called hypergeometric series , which had first been researched by Euler and Gauss. Littlewood , to take a look at the papers. After discussing the papers with Littlewood, Hardy concluded that the letters were "certainly the most remarkable I have received" and that Ramanujan was "a mathematician of the highest quality, a man of altogether exceptional originality and power". Neville , later remarked that "not one [theorem] could have been set in the most advanced mathematical examination in the world". Ramanujan, the mathematics student of Madras University. Ross of Madras Christian College , whom Ramanujan had met a few years before, stormed into his class one day with his eyes glowing, asking his students, "Does Ramanujan know Polish?
Ramanujan's Lost Notebook
Ramanujan's lost notebook