The solution to Fermat’s last theorem eluded mathematicians for over 300 years. Video provided by Newsy

The solution to Fermat’s last theorem eluded mathematicians for over 300 years. Video provided by Newsy

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Mathematicians find ‘magic key’ to drive Ramanujan’s taxi-cab number: Original taxi-cab number’s hidden meanings make it much more than a charming mathematical oddity

Taxi-cab numbers, among the most beloved integers in math, trace their origins to 1918 and what seemed like a casual insight by the Indian genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. Now mathematicians have discovered that Ramanujan did not just identify the first taxi-cab number — 1729 — and its quirky properties. He showed how the number relates to elliptic curves and K3 surfaces — objects important today in string theory and quantum physics.

Source: Mathematicians find ‘magic key’ to drive Ramanujan’s taxi-cab number: Original taxi-cab number’s hidden meanings make it much more than a charming mathematical oddity