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In 2013 LiveScience.com carried news that is extraordinary to say the least.

“While on his death bed, the brilliant Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan cryptically wrote down functions he said came to him in dreams, with a hunch about how they behaved. Now 100 years later, researchers say they’ve proved he was right.

“We’ve solved the problems from his last mysterious letters. For people who work in this area of math, the problem has been open for 90 years,” Emory University mathematician Ken Ono said.

Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematician born in a rural village in South India, spent so much time thinking about math that he flunked out of college in India twice, Ono said.”

In order to understand what his contribution to the world as we know it we need to step back a little.

Mathematics was my bugbear since my father in his zeal to educate me did all but make a dunce. Only lately I realize mathematics and I were cut out for one another. If my inordinate curiosity to explain my place in the universe was limited by my antipathy to the world of numbers I would be savoring now a discipline called mathematical physics. No it was not to be. Instead I trained my eyes and hands to be an artist and many other things besides. No we need not go into that. It was either or

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What is mathematics? It accepts order as requisite in delving into patterns of our physical universe, where numbers are symbols each behaving with inexorable logic establishing a relationship. Two molecules of hydrogen when combined with one molecule of oxygen is water. But when we distinguish heavy water from water we are stepping into the realm of chemistry. Suppose we hold the famous equation of Einstein we are looking at the relationship of mass and energy. Here is where mathematical physics comes in. By giving values to quantities mathematics has laid its grip on the chemical and physical nature of our universe. Now let me see if I can make this post sound reasonable without using jargon since I am least qualified to go into its inner sanctum. Let us be honest. We can get a best deal out of our interaction from the world without having to take each apart.

We can write the numbers from zero thus: 0,1,2,3,4 and so on. These are positive integers since it can be divided by the same number and get 1 as the result. Since it is going on a ladder up it is positive integer. From zero we may go down as well, like driving into the basement for parking our cars . It is written like 0.-1,-2,-3, -4. The series is called negative prime integers.It was Möbius a German mathematician who established an order that has since become very useful tool. Its importance becomes all the more vital when we know fundamental particles have their own quirks and quiddity that one is apt to miss in the visible universe. Suppose we use the positive integer for the macro universe and negative integer for the quantum world and find there is a symmetry would not that be wonderful? (Here the analogy of +ve and -ve integers is too simplistic.)

Late Ramanujan arrived at the order of cosmos on a symmetry on the basis of his dreams. It took some 120 years for mathematicians to validate him. In trying to understand Mind we need to look at the function of our brains a little more deeper.

Coming back to the Live Science report:

In developing mock modular forms, Ramanujan was decades ahead of his time, Ono said; mathematicians only figured out which branch of math these equations belonged to in 2002.

“Ramanujan’s legacy, it turns out, is much more important than anything anyone would have guessed when Ramanujan died,” Ono said.

The findings were presented last month at the Ramanujan 125 conference at the University of Florida, ahead of the 125th anniversary of the mathematician’s birth on Dec. 22. ( Dec. 28, 2013)