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Ramanujan theta function and its continued fraction

I believe Ramanujan would have loved this kind of identity. After deriving the identity, I wanted to share it with the mathematical community. If it's well known, please inform me and give me some ...
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the ratio of jacobi theta functions and a new conjectured q-continued fraction

Given the squared nome $q=e^{2i\pi\tau}$ with $|q|\lt1$, define ...
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series involving $\log \left(\tanh\frac{\pi k}{2} \right)$

I found an interesting series $$\sum_{k=1}^\infty \log \left(\tanh \frac{\pi k}{2} \right)=\log(\vartheta_4(e^{-\pi}))=\log \left(\frac{\pi^{\frac{1}{4}}}{2^{\frac{1}{4}}\Gamma \left( ...
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Hermite's solution of the general quintic in terms of theta functions

Can someone point me at or produce a translation or modern exposition of Hermite's solution of the general quintic in terms of theta functions? (the "before" and "after" steps are on the mathworld ...
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On the growth of the Jacobi theta function

So, I ran into this exercise from Stein & Shakarchi. CA, Chapter 5: Show that if $\tau$ is fixed with positive imaginary part, then the Jacobi theta function $$\theta(z | r) = ...
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Rogers-Ramanujan continued fraction in terms of theta functions?

The Rogers-Ramanujan cfrac is, $$r = r(\tau)= \cfrac{q^{1/5}}{1+\cfrac{q}{1+\cfrac{q^2}{1+\ddots}}}$$ If $q = \exp(2\pi i \tau)$, then it is known that, $$\frac{1}{r}-r ...
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Convergence to $0$ of Jacobi theta function

I'm trying to prove that a function $$f(y) = \sum_{k=-\infty}^{+\infty}{(-1)^ke^{-k^2y}}$$ is $O(y)$ while $y$ tends to $+0$. I have observed that $f(y) = \vartheta(0.5,\frac{iy}{\Pi})$ where ...
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Proving $\left(\sum_{n=-\infty}^\infty q^{n^2} \right)^2 = \sum_{n=-\infty}^\infty \frac{1}{\cos(n \pi \tau)}$

The so-called "two squares theorem" can be proven by establishing the following identity: $$\left(\sum_{n=-\infty}^\infty e^{\pi i \tau n^2}\right)^2 = \sum_{n=-\infty}^\infty \frac{1}{\cos(n \pi ...
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How to solve the general sextic equation with Kampé de Fériet functions?

It is frequently stated, for example on Wolfram Mathworld, that the general sextic equation $$x^6 + a_5 x^5 + a_4 x^4 + a_3 x^3 + a_2 x^2 + a_1 x^1 + a_0 = 0$$ can be solved in terms of Kampé de ...
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A $q$-continued fraction connected to the divisor function?

In this post, the following two continued fractions discussed by Nicco are given, $$A(q)= \left(\frac{\vartheta_2(0,q)}{2\,q^{1/4}}\right)^2= ...
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conjectured identity of the product of two theta functions

Looking into the discussion in this post,I was naturally led to consider the following general identity Given the two jacobi theta functions,$$\theta_2(q)=\sum_{n=-\infty}^\infty q^{(n+1/2)^2}$$ and ...
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proof of jacobi triple product using ramanujan's notation

Inspired by this proof in mathworld,I rewrote the proof in terms of ramanujan theta function Define the function $$M(c)=\prod_{n = 1}^{\infty}(1 +a^{n}b^{n-1}c)(1+\frac{a^{n-1}b^{n}}{c})\tag1$$ then ...
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Extension of the Jacobi triple product identity

The Jacobi triple product identity is: $$\prod\limits_{n=1}^{ \infty }(1-q^{2n})(1+zq^{2n-1})(1+z^{-1}q^{2n-1})=\sum\limits_{n = - \infty }^ \infty z^n q^{n^2} $$ I would like to extend the idea for ...
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What is the limit $\lim_{q\to 1} \vartheta_{2}^{2}(q)(1-q)$

If $\vartheta_{2}(q)$ is jacobi's theta function, what is the limit $$\lim_{q\to 1} \vartheta_{2}^{2}(q)(1-q)$$ for the nome $q$. I would like to know whether the limit exists or not. If it does, ...
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What is meant by a set of generic points on a compact Riemann surface

Let $X$ be a compact connected Riemann surface of genus $g \geq 1$. I'm studying a theorem of Faltings which looks as follows. Let $P_1,\ldots, P_g$ be generic points on $X$. Then we have some ...