MacMahon's dream

George E. Andrews, Peter Paule

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Abstract

We shall provide an account of MacMahon's development of a calculational, analytic method designed to produce the generating function for plane partitions. His efforts did not turn out as he had hoped, and he had to spend nearly 20 years finding an alternative treatment. This paper provides an account of our retrieval of MacMahon's original dream of using Partition Analysis to treat plane partitions in general.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPARTITIONS, Q-SERIES, AND MODULAR FORMS
EditorsKRISHNASWAMI ALLADI, FRANK GARVAN
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 12 2012

Publication series

NameDevelopments in Mathematics
Volume23
ISSN (Print)1389-2177

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mathematics(all)

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    Andrews, G. E., & Paule, P. (2012). MacMahon's dream. In KRISHNASWAMI. ALLADI, & FRANK. GARVAN (Eds.), PARTITIONS, Q-SERIES, AND MODULAR FORMS (pp. 1-12). (Developments in Mathematics; Vol. 23). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-0028-8_1