Ken Ono: Gems of Ramanujan and their Lasting Impact on Mathematics, Lecture 1

Intended Audience:  Everyone: Students, teachers, prospective teachers, and parents.

Ramanujan’s work has had a truly transformative effect on modern mathematics, and continues to do so as we understand further lines from his letters and notebooks. In this YouTube video, Ken Ono presents some of the studies of Ramanujan that are most accessible to the general public and talks about how Ramanujan’s findings fundamentally changed modern mathematics.

From Ken Ono’s wiki page:

Ken Ono (born 20 March 1968) is a Japanese-American mathematician who specializes in number theory, especially in integer partitions, modular forms, Umbral moonshine, and the fields of interest to Srinivasa Ramanujan. He was the Manasse Professor of Letters and Science and the Hilldale Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  He is currently the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University and the Vice President of the American Mathematical Society.

Ken Ono was an Associate Producer of the film The Man Who Knew Infinity (starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons) about Ramanujan.  His own mathematical research was influenced by Ramanujan’s work.

Ken gave this talk as part of the Pasquale Porcelli Lecture Series at Louisiana State University.  The lecture series in mathematics is an annual event in which a prominent mathematician is invited to deliver a series of three lectures on recent advances in an area of mathematical research. This was Ken’s first lecture.  The topics and the level of the lectures are carefully chosen to appeal to a broad audience from various academic disciplines.

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Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, LSU. Geometric topologist: gauge theory, exotic 4-manifolds, knot theory. Author: Elementary Mathematics for Teachers.
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