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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 10 (1987), Issue 4, Pages 625-640

Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920) and the theory of partitions of numbers and statistical mechanics a centennial tribute

Department of Mathematics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 32816, USA

Received 5 June 1987

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This centennial tribute commemorates Ramanujan the Mathematician and Ramanujan the Man. A brief account of his life, career, and remarkable mathematical contributions is given to describe the gifted talent of Srinivasa Ramanujan. As an example of his creativity in mathematics, some of his work on the theory of partition of numbers has been presented with its application to statistical mechanics.