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Why does the Rogers-Ramanujan continued fraction $R(q)$ appear in Emma Lehmer's quintic?

Define the Ramanujan theta function $f(a,b)$ as, $$f(a,b) = \sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty} a^{n(n+1)/2}\,b^{n(n-1)/2}$$ and the Dedekind eta function, $$\eta(\tau) = q^{1/24}\prod_{n=1}^{\infty} ...
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Mock Theta Functions

I am studying about Mock modular forms and Mock theta functions. I wonder how Zwegers connected mock theta functions with Harmonic Maass Forms? I mean, what was the philosophy/idea of Mock Theta ...
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Zero-free theta functions in the upper half plane

Problem $1$. Which full rank lattices $\Lambda \subset \mathbb R^d$ have their corresponding theta function $\theta_{\Lambda}(\tau):= \sum_{\bf n \in \Lambda } e^{\pi i \tau ||n||^2} $ zero-free in ...
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Order of vanishing at the cusps for the modular theta function

I am trying to examine the behavior of the theta function $\theta(z)=\sum_{n\in\mathbb{Z}} e^{2\pi i n^2 z}$, which is modular for $\Gamma_0(4)$ of weight 1/2, at the cusps 0 and 1/2. My calculations ...
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What is the modern understanding of the order of a mock theta function?

Ramanujan introduced mock theta functions and described them by an "order" which he did not define. As a result of the work of Zwegers and others we now have a better understanding of mock theta ...
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Relation between Theta series and Eisensteinseries

In "Mackey - Unitary Group Representation in Physics, Probability and Number Theory" on page 326, George Mackey mentions a result of Ludwig Siegel, which was later generalized to semi-simple Lie ...
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Character of the Basic Representation for Affine E_8 in Terms of Jacobi Theta Functions

When $\mathfrak g$ is a complex, simple, simply laced Lie algebra of rank r then the (specialized) character of the basic representation for the corresponding affine Lie algebra $\hat {\mathfrak g}$ ...
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How do modular forms of half-integral weight relate to the (quasi-modular) Eisenstein series?

The Eisenstein series $$ G_{2k} = \sum_{(m,n) \neq (0,0)} \frac{1}{(m + n\tau)^{2k}} $$ are modular forms (if $k>1$) of weight $2k$ and quasi-modular if $k=1$. It is clear that given modular forms ...
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Can Fuchsian functions solve the general equation of degree n?

In the classic textbook Introduction to the Theory of Equations (Conkwright, 1941), on p. 85, the author writes that “the algebraic solution of the general equation of degree n is impossible if n is ...
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Theta Functions and Cousins

So I am (barely) familiar with the construction of the theta function of an integral lattice $L$. The theta function, as I understand it, is defined as the function which takes a variable $z$ and ...