Speaker: Ken Ono (Emory University)
Title: Why does Ramanujan, “The Man Who Knew Infinity”, matter?
Abstract: This lecture is about Srinivasa Ramanujan, “The Man Who Knew Infinity”. Ramanujan was a self-trained two-time college dropout who left behind 3 notebooks filled with equations that mathematicians are still trying to figure out today. He claimed that his ideas came to him as visions from an Indian goddess. This lecture is about why Ramanujan matters.
The speaker is an Associate Producer of the film “The Man Who Knew Infinity” (starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons) about Ramanujan. He will share several clips from the film in the lecture, and will also tell stories about the production and promotion of the film.
The lecture will be followed by a showing of the film.
This event is jointly sponsored by the math department and the Department of Theatre and Media Arts.