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Why does Ramanujan, "The Man Who Knew Infinity", matter?

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 6:00-7:00pm, Williams-Brice (Nursing) 231

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Dr. Ono is 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 lecture is about why Ramanujan matters. The answers to this question extend far beyond the world of equations and formulas, offering food for thought about the rigidity of higher education today and the need for international collaboration and cooperation in STEM fields. 

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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