The Mathematics Section of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics at Trieste (Italy) organizes a Basic Notions Seminar, every month to introduce a different mathematical concept for beginners. In this talk, Prof. Don Zagier explains some interesting asymptotics and more.     Featured Image Courtesy: Shutterstock...

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