Electronic Proceedings of the Ninth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate MathematicsReno, Nevada, November 710, 1996Paper C041
Genius of Ramanujan vs. Modern Mathematical Technology 
Robert Kreczner
University of WisconsinStevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481
USA
Phone: (715) 3463754
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rkrczne@uwsp.edu
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Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician who was labeled as the man who knew
infinity, is probably one of the most esoteric mathematical genius in
the Twentieth Century. His unexpected, formidable, and at the same time
most beautiful formulas ever discovered in Mathematics are a testimony to
Ramanujan's extraordinary genius. Some of these formulas can be made more
accessible, even for most students, by using modern mathematical programs
such as Mathematica, Sketch Pad, etc. In this paper, we will consider
construction of Ramanujan's magic squares, formulas for pi, proving some
of his formulas by using symbolic manipulations provided by Mathematica,
looking at the problem of partitions.
Keyword(s): Mathematica, discrete mathematics, calculus, Geometer's Sketchpad