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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Nigel Higson, Stephanie Zerby.

Title:Special numbers and special functions
Seminar:Department of Mathematics Colloquium
Speaker:Ken Ono, Emory University
Abstract:
"I discovered very interesting functions recently which I call 'Mock' theta-functions. Unlike the 'False'-functions (studied partially by Prof. Rogers in his interesting paper) they enter into mathematics as beautifully as the ordinary theta functions." These are Ramanujan's words from his famous enigmatic deathbed letter. The mathematics inspired by this letter is a 'hot topic' with applications in subjects including black hole entropies, elliptic curves, Moonshine, probability theory, to name a few. This lecture will be about two very recent works in which these functions play an important roles: Quantum modular forms, and Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture. Special Note: The talk will be followed by a short break and then a screening of the documentary "The Genius of Srinivasa Ramanujan." The film is about one hour long.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB114
Date:11 / 07 / 2013
Time:03:35pm - 04:25pm