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Why Does Ramanujan, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Matter?

Conferences: The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 2019 Dalrymple Lecture, Thursday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m.

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The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 2019 Dalrymple Lecture on Thursday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Jackson Avenue Center, Auditorium A. This lecture series brings distinguished speakers to discuss mathematics to a general audience -- students and non-mathematicians are encouraged to attend.


This year’s speaker is Ken Ono from the University of Virginia. Dr. Ono was an associate producer of the film The Man Who Knew Infinity starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons about Srinivasa Ramanujan, a self-trained two-time college dropout who left behind three notebooks filled with equations that mathematicians are still trying to figure out today. Ramanujan claimed that his ideas came to him as visions from an Indian goddess. This general audience lecture is about Why Ramanujan Matters. The answers to this question extend far beyond the world of equations and formulas. 


Dr. Ono -- who specializes in number theory, especially in integer partitions, modular forms, moonshine, and the fields of interest to Srinivasa Ramanujan -- will share several clips from the film in the lecture, and will tell stories about the production and promotion of the film.

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