The Tragic Tale of the Mathematician RamanujanFebruary 23, 2017
Harvard Physics Monday Colloquium
February 27, 2017 @ 4:15PM
Jefferson Lab 250
John Randolph Huffman Professor of Physics, Yale University
The Tragic Tale of the Mathematician Ramanujan
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.