Tragic tale of the mathematical genius Ramanujan

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 4:00pm

CTQM Seminar Type: 

  • Related Seminar Series

Speaker Name(s): 

Ramamurti Shankar

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Yale University

Abstract, Event Details: 

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.