Ramanujan's formula for ζ(2n+1)

Bruce C. Berndt, Armin Straub

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Ramanujan made many beautiful and elegant discoveries in his short life of 32 years, and one of them that has attracted the attention of several mathematicians over the years is his intriguing formula for ζ(2n + 1). To be sure, Ramanujan’s formula does not possess the elegance of Euler’s formula for ζ(2n), nor does it provide direct arithmetical information. But, one of the goals of this survey is to convince readers that it is indeed a remarkable formula. In particular, we discuss the history of Ramanujan’s formula, its connection to modular forms, as well as the remarkable properties of the associated polynomials. We also indicate analogues, generalizations and opportunities for further research.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExploring the Riemann Zeta Function
Subtitle of host publication190 years from Riemann's Birth
EditorsHugh Montgomery, Ashkan Nikeghbali, Michael Th Rassias
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-59969-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-59968-7
StatePublished - 2017


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