Ramanujan's lost notebook is the manuscript in which the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan recorded the mathematical discoveries of the last year — of his life. Its whereabouts were unknown to all but a few mathematicians until it was rediscovered by George Andrews in , in a box of effects of G. The "notebook" is not a book, but consists of loose and unordered sheets of paper — "more than one hundred pages written on sides in Ramanujan's distinctive handwriting. The sheets contained over six hundred mathematical formulas listed consecutively without proofs. George Andrews and Bruce C.
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It seems that you're in Germany. We have a dedicated site for Germany. During the years , Ramanujan recorded many of his mathematical discoveries in notebooks without providing proofs. Although many of his results were already in the literature, more were not. Almost a decade after Ramanujan's death in , G. Watson and B.
Wilson began to edit his notebooks but never completed the task. A photostat edition, with no editing, was published by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bombay in This book is the second of four volumes devoted to the editing of Ramanujan's Notebooks. Part I, published in , contains an account of Chapters in the second notebook as well as a description of Ramanujan's quarterly reports. In this volume, we examine Chapters in Ramanujan's second notebook.
If a result is known, we provide references in the literature where proofs may be found; if a result is not known, we attempt to prove it. Not only are the results fascinating, but, for the most part, Ramanujan's methods remain a mystery. Much work still needs to be done. We hope readers will strive to discover Ramanujan's thoughts and further develop his beautiful ideas. Only valid for books with an ebook version.
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Notebooks of Srinivasa Ramanujan