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An identity of Ramanujan's

  1. Aug 28, 2012 #1
    Hello everyone,

    I came across this identity while browsing Wikipedia, and I decided to try to prove it for myself. ( It was discovered by S Ramanujan)

    [tex]\int_0^\infty \cfrac{1+{x}^2/({b+1})^2}{1+{x}^2/({a})^2} \times\cfrac{1+{x}^2/({b+2})^2}{1+{x}^2/({a+1})^2}\times\cdots\;\;dx = \frac{\sqrt \pi}{2} \times\frac{\Gamma(a+\frac{1}{2})\Gamma(b+1)\Gamma(b-a+\frac{1}{2})}{\Gamma(a)\Gamma(b+\frac{1}{2}) \Gamma(b-a+1)}[/tex]

    I would like to ask two questions regarding this:

    1) Is the product in the integral on the left hand side an infinite product or a finite one?
    2) I personally think I can derive this by finding the right substitution. Would I be wrong? Are there more mathematics in play behind this, aside from calculus?

    Thanks a lot
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  3. Aug 29, 2012 #2
    I'm pretty sure it is infinite. Good luck, ram was a beast
  4. Aug 29, 2012 #3
    Thanks. Is there, then, an easy way to find the partial fractional decomposition of the infinite product?
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