D Zagier
Articles written in Proceedings – Mathematical Sciences
Volume 97 Issue 1-3 December 1987 pp 313-324
On an approximate identity of Ramanujan
In his second notebook, Ramanujan says that$$\frac{q}{{x + }}\frac{{q^4 }}{{x + }}\frac{{q^8 }}{{x + }}\frac{{q^{12} }}{{x + }} \cdots = 1 - \frac{{qx}}{{1 + }}\frac{{q^2 }}{{1 - }}\frac{{q^3 x}}{{1 + }}\frac{{q^4 }}{{1 - }} \cdots $$ “nearly” for
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