Join award-winning mathematician Ken Ono as he discusses his new book (co-authored with the late Amir D. Aczel) My Search for Ramanujan. The son of a prominent Japanese mathematician who came to the United States after World War II, Ono was raised on a diet of high expectations and little praise. Rebelling against his pressure-cooker of a life, Ken decided to drop out of high school to follow his own path, invoking the biography of the famous Indian mathematical prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan, who had himself twice flunked out of college. Inspired by Ramanujan and guided by mentors who encouraged him to pursue his interest in exploring Ramanujan’s mathematical legacy, Ono searches for Ramanujan in a story which ranges over three continents and allows him to cross paths with mathematicians whose lives span the globe and the entire twentieth century and beyond. Ono's own rocky path through college and graduate school is interwoven with the story of Ramanujan, which ultimately serves as a source of reconciliation between Ono and his parents.
Ono, an Associate Producer and consultant for the film The Man Who Knew Infinity, will share exclusive clips from movie and will also be available to sign copies of his book during a complimentary reception following the discussion, courtesy of Springer.
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