|Professor Ken Ono developed a formula for mock modular forms that may prove useful to physicists who study black holes.|
|Published Date: 2012-12-18|
December 22 marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician renowned for somehow intuiting extraordinary numerical patterns and connections without the use of proofs or modern mathematical tools. A devout Hindu, Ramanujan said that his findings were divine, revealed to him in dreams by the goddess Namagiri.
I wanted to do something special, in the spirit of Ramanujan, to mark the anniversary, says Emory mathematician Ken Ono. Its fascinating to me to explore his writings and imagine how his brain may have worked. Its like being a mathematical anthropologist.
Ono, a number theorist whose work has previously uncovered hidden meanings in the notebooks of Ramanujan, set to work on the 125th-anniversary project with two colleagues and former students: Amanda Folsom, from Yale, and Rob Rhoades, from Stanford.
The result is a formula for mock modular forms that may prove useful to physicists who study black holes. The work, which Ono recently presented at the Ramanujan 125 conference at the University of Florida, also solves one of the greatest puzzles left behind by the enigmatic Indian genius.
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|Atlanta Lecture Series in Combinatorics and Graph Theory VII|
|Published Date: 2012-10-22|
Atlanta Lecture Series in Combinatorics and Graph Theory VII
November 3-4, 2012
Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 30322
Emory University, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, with support from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, will host a series of 9 mini-conferences from 2010-2013. The 7th of these mini-conferences will be held at Emory University on November 3-4, 2012. The conferences will stress a variety of areas and feature one prominent researcher giving 2 fifty minute lectures and 4 outstanding researchers each giving one fifty minute lecture. There will also be several 25 minute lecturers by younger reseachers or graduate students.
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|AWM announces Raman Parimala 2013 Noether Lecturer|
|Published Date: 2012-10-16|
The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) is pleased to announce that Raman Parimala will deliver the Noether Lecture at the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings. The full press release can be found here
|Vojtech Rödl and Mathias Schacht to be awarded the SIAM 2012 George Pólya Prize.|
|Published Date: 2012-04-30|
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics [SIAM] established the George Pólya Prize in 1969 and awards it every two years, alternately in two categories: combinatorial theory and in another research area represented in the wide range of interests of Professor Pólya. In a career that included positions at ETH Zürich and Stanford University, Pólya made important contributions in number theory, analysis, geometry, algebra, probability and combinatorics, and to our understanding of how mathematicians solve problems, and how this skill can be taught.
In 2012, the award will go to Vojtech Rödl, Emory University, and Mathias Schacht, University of Hamburg, for their seminal research in combinatorics on the regularity method for hypergraphs. Their work, contained in several articles, is the culmination of a research program initiated by Professor Rödl more than 20 years ago. The award will be given at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Minneapolis this July. In addition to the important recognition afforded by the prize, it includes a $20,000 award, to be split by the winners. A description of the SIAM George Pólya Prize and a list of winners, including many of the leading combinatorialists of the last 4 decades, can be found at:
The announcement of the 2012 winners can be found at the SIAM Annual Meeting site:
Congratulations, Vojtech and Mathias!
|Michele Benzi elected SIAM Fellow|
|Published Date: 2012-04-03|
Michele Benzi, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, has been elected a Fellow (Class of 2012) by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics "for contributions to numerical linear algebra and its applications, especially sparse linear systems and preconditioning." The SIAM Fellows program was established in 2008 "to designate as Fellows of the Society certain members who have made outstanding contributions to fields served by SIAM." The Class of 2012 consists of 35 individuals. For the full list of 2012 SIAM Fellows, click here: http://fellows.siam.org/index.php?sort=year&value=2012
|Department faculty caught in media frenzy|
|Published Date: 2012-03-31|
Professors Aaron Abrams and Skip Garibaldi appeared in various news outlets last week, including 20/20 (7 million viewers), CNN Newsroom, and ABC World News on television and NPR's All Things Considered and the BBC Newshour on radio. They were in demand as mathematicians who are experts on the lottery, thanks to their prize-winning paper Finding good bets in the lottery, and why you shouldn't take them, which was recently featured in the book Brain Trust.
Check out Skip Garibaldi on ABC News and Aaron Abrams on CNN.