Department of Mathematics

Topical Seminar for Undergraduate Mathematicians

  •  Ken Ono, Emory University
  •  Distinguished Undergraduate Lecture: Why Does Ramanujan, “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” Matter?
  •  03/29/2019
  •  4:10 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  B119 Wells Hall

Srinivasa Ramanujan, one of the most inspirational figures in the history of mathematics, was a poor gifted mathematician from lush south India who left behind three notebooks that engineers, mathematicians, and physicists continue to mine today. Born in 1887, Ramanujan was a two-time college dropout. He could have easily been lost to the world, a thought that scientists cannot begin to absorb. He died in 1920. Prof. Ono will explain why Ramanujan matters today, and will share several clips from the film, “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons. Professor Ono served as an associate producer and mathematical consultant for the film. Bio: Ken Ono is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University and the Vice President of the American Mathematical Society. He is considered to be an expert in the theory of integer partitions and modular forms. He has been invited to speak to audiences all over North America, Asia and Europe. His contributions include several monographs and over 170 research and popular articles in number theory, combinatorics and algebra. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA and has received many awards for his research in number theory, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Packard Fellowship and a Sloan Fellowship. He was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE) by Bill Clinton in 2000 and he was named the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Scholar in 2005. In addition to being a thesis advisor and postdoctoral mentor, he has also mentored dozens of undergraduates and high school students. He serves as Editor-in-Chief for several journals and is an editor of The Ramanujan Journal. He was also an associate producer of the 2016 Hollywood film “The Man Who Knew Infinity” which starred Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel.



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