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Tragic tale of the mathematical genius Ramanujan

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G1B20

Speaker Name(s): 

Ramamurti Shankar

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Yale University
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Physics Department Colloquium

Event Details & 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.