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Modular forms on the theta group

The theta group $\Gamma$ is the subgroup of $SL(2;\mathbb{Z})$ generated by $T=\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 2 \\ 0 & 1 \end{pmatrix}$ and $S=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & -1 \\ 1 & 0 \end{pmatrix}.$ It ...
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Combinatorial interpretation of this identity of Gauss?

Gauss came up with some bizarre identities, namely $$ \sum_{n\in\mathbb{Z}}(-1)^nq^{n^2}=\prod_{k\geq 1}\frac{1-q^k}{1+q^k}. $$ How can this be interpreted combinatorially? It strikes me as being ...