## 23 FebIn Conversation with Prof. Ken Ono

[caption id="attachment_7170" align="alignright" width="320"] Prof. Ken Ono (Image Courtesy: OU Math Club)[/caption]

As part of the National Mathematics Day 2014 on 22nd December, Gonit Sora (http://gonitsora.com) in association with Sciensation Media (Pune) and Gyanome.org organised a mini web conference wherein various eminent mathematicians from India and abroad shared their perspectives on mathematics. For Gonit Sora, Manjil Saikia had a conversation with Prof. Ken Ono which we reproduce here verbatim (except for correction of slight mistakes and eliminating speech pauses, etc). The conversation was transcribed by Kritashri Sukanya and Ananya Guha.

Prof. Ken Ono is the Asa Griggs Chandler Professor of Mathematics at Emory Univesity in the USA. He is a well known number theorist and is recognised through out the world for his work related to the mathematics of Ramanujan. He has held numerous positions earlier and also serves on the editorial boards of numerous reputed journals specialising in number theory. Recently his work on mock theta functions was selected by Discover magazine as the second best scientific work of the year (2014).

## 06 Feb2015 Salam Distinguished Lectures by Don Zagier at ICTP

The 2015 Salam Distinguished Lectures were delivered by Prof. Don Zagier at The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste (Italy). The five lectures are available for viewing here. The ICTP also had a small interview with Prof. Zagier, which we are sharing...

## 06 FebLeinster Perfect Groups

Perfect number is an ancient object of study. A positive integer \$\$n\$\$ is said to be perfect if \$\$n\$\$ is equal to twice the sum of its divisors. For example, \$\$6=1+2+3+6=12\$\$. Hence, \$\$6\$\$ is a perfect number. The concept of prime number is first introduced...

## 04 FebScience Quiz - 2

1) Charles H. Townes’ inspiration for the predecessor of the X came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast.On the tranquil morning hours of April 26, 1951, Townes scribbled a theory on scrap paper that would...

## 04 Feb5 ways a Degree in Mathematics can Change your Life

[caption id="attachment_7791" align="alignright" width="320"] Image Source : Shutterstock[/caption] Albert Einstein once said that mathematics is the poetry of logical ideas. Rightly put, the field of mathematics isn’t really about equations and symbol manipulation. It is basically about general truths that can help you understand the co-relation...

## 02 FebSummer Outreach Programme in Mathematics(NISER)

The Summer Outreach Program in Mathematics (SOPM) will provide training to motivate students having less exposure in Mathematics. This program will enlighten the students to topics related to those studied in their undergradute and postgraduate course. The programme will be held in the National Institute of...

## 28 JanWorkshop on Algebra and Analysis at Tezpur University

Problem solving is an intricate skill and a very crucial part of any Mathematics education. This needs to be nurtured, and in general any effort to develop such seems to be very much neglected in this geographical part (North East) of the country. With this...

## 23 JanMovie Review: Interstellar

[caption id="attachment_7104" align="alignright" width="220"] Interstellar Poster[/caption] What can you say about a movie co-written and directed by Christopher Nolan? You can only say that it was great, another master-piece from one of the most acclaimed contemporary film makers in Hollywood. But Nolan's latest offering, 'Interstellar' has...

## 20 JanAmbat Vijayakumar: Ramanujan and his legacy

As part of the National Mathematics Day, we (Gonit Sora, Gyanome and Sciensation Media) organised a series of talks by eminent mathematicians. The other videos have been posted here. This is the final video of that series. Ambat Vijayakumar is a Professor in the Department of...

## 18 JanMovie Review: The Theory of Everything

[caption id="attachment_7093" align="alignright" width="214"] The Theory of Everything[/caption] The previous year was an exceptionally good year for movies related to scientists. We recently reviewed the biopic on Alan Turing, The Imitation Game which was full of power packed performances on all quarters. This time, we speak...