How Ramanujan may have discovered the mock theta functions

George E. Andrews

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Mock theta functions appeared out of the blue in Ramanujan's last letter to Hardy. What would lead Ramanujan to consider the possibility of such functions in the first place? This paper seeks to provide a plausible answer to this question.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20180436
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number2163
StatePublished - Jan 24 2020

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  • Mathematics(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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