Srinivasa Ramanujan was a late 19th century self-taught mathematical genius from southern India. His talent has been described as unique amongst his peers in that he believed that his formulas came in the form of gifts from the Hindu Goddess, Namagiri Thayar. Ramanujan began his work in math isolated from others that understood the complexity of the ideas that he was able to intuit. Eventually, he reached out to prominent mathematicians and his creativity and genius were recognized by the world.
Ken Ono, Vice President of the American Mathematical Society and the Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics at the University of Virginia offers insight into the massive scope of Ramanujan’s influence, “Hundreds of his formulas have ended up serving as prototypes for theories that the mathematicians of the 20th and 21st century have gone on to develop. The study of black holes, mathematics of the internet, even the mathematics that power your phone.”
In this installment of the Stories of Impact video series, we are introduced to Spirit of Ramanujan grant recipients Kendall Clark, and Dean Cureton. Through first-hand interviews with the students as well as their teachers, Ken Ono and Katherina Socha, we learn about the paths that each have taken that led them to be acknowledged for their abilities and hard work.
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Read the transcript from the full interview conducted by journalist Richard Sergay featuring: Ken Ono, PhD, Vice President of the American Mathematical Society and the Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics at the University of Virginia; former Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University; Katherina Socha, PhD, Mathematics Teacher, Park School, Baltimore; and their students Spirit of Ramanujan grant recipients Kendall Clark, and Dean Cureton.