Ramanujan's cryptic formula that can explain behaviour of black holes finally proved

Researchers were also stunned to find the function could be used even today.

"No one was talking about black holes back in the 1920s when Ramanujan first came up with mock modular forms, and yet, his work may unlock secrets about them," Ono said.

Ramanujan died young at the age of 32 on April 26, 1920.

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