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**Identity****Member**- Registered: 2007-04-18
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I read somewhere that Ramanujan said that

Does anyone know how this came about or where I might go to read more about it? Thanks

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi identity;

Read that too, it kept Indian mathematicians from taking him seriously. That is only true in Ramanujan Summation. There is also Cesaro Sums amd Borel summation, each is a different approach to summing a divergent series. They are sometimes useful in Physics.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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**Identity****Member**- Registered: 2007-04-18
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Thanks bobbym, I'll check it out... ramanujan was a very interesting person

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi identity;

Yes, he was. The whole story is interesting. Hardy once said that he rated himself 25 and Littlewood a 30 and Hilbert 80 but Ramanujan 100. When you consider that Hardy ,Littlewood and Hilbert were considered among the best in the world, then you understand Ramanujan a little better.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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