Unearthing the Visions of a Master: The Story and Legacy of Ramanujan

The legend of Ramanujan is one of the most romantic stories in the modern history of athematics. It is the story of an untrained mathematician, from south India, who brilliantly discovered tantalizing examples of phenomena well before their time. Indeed, the legacy of Ramanujan's work (as a whole) is well documented and includes direct connections to some of the deepest results in modern number theory such as the proof of the Weil Conjectures and the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. However, one final problem remained, the enigma of the functions which Ramanujan discovered on his death bed. Here we tell the story of Ramanujan and this final mystery.

Ken Ono, the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University, received his Ph.D from UCLA in 1993. Upon graduation, he held positions at the University of Georgia, the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), the Institute of Advanced Studies, and Penn State University, where he was named the Louis P. Martarano Professor in 1999. From 2000-2011 he was the Manasse Professor of Letters and Science and the Hilldale Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has authored over 130 research papers in number theory. He has advised 17 doctoral students to date and sits on the editorial boards of eleven journals including the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, as the managing editor, and the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society. He has received numerous awards and honors, including a Sloan Fellowship, a Presidential Early Career Award, a Packard Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is also well known as a distinguished mentor and teacher. He twice won the University of Wisconsin Residence Halls "Favorite Instructor Award", and in 2005 he won the NSF Director's Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award.