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The Tragic Tale of the Mathematician Ramanujan

February 23, 2017

Harvard Physics Monday Colloquium
February 27, 2017 @ 4:15PM
Jefferson Lab 250

RAMAMURTI SHANKAR,
John Randolph Huffman Professor of Physics, Yale University

The Tragic Tale of the Mathematician Ramanujan

ABSTRACT:
In this talk I will describe the remarkable life and mathematics of Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920), an unknown self-educated clerk from South India who stunned the world of western mathematics with his results on number theory, modular functions etc., that continue to challenge us till this day. I will describe his early life in India, his discovery by Cambridge mathematician G. H. Hardy, his few years in Cambridge and his untimely death at age 32.