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Ken Ono and Barry Simon Headline Department's Top Lecture Series

June 26, 2017

Professors Ken Ono (Emory University) and Barry Simon (Cal Tech) will be, respectively, the speakers in the 2017-2018 Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics and the Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics.

Professor Ono, the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University, will deliver the tenth annual lectures in the Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics when he visits the campus from January 17-20, 2018. Professor Ono specializes in number theory, especially integer partitions, modular forms, Umbral moonshine and the fields of interest of Srinivasa Ramanujan. In fact, Ken was the Associate Producer and the mathematical consultant for the movie The Man Who Knew Infinity based on the critically acclaimed book of the same name by Robert Kanigel. It is this movie and the work of Ramanujan that is the focus of Dr. Ono's public lecture on January 18.

Ken Ono

Professor Ken Ono

The titles of Dr. Ono's two lectures are:

1. Ramanujan: The Man Who Knew Infinity (public lecture) Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm in MMSCI 101

2. Polya's Program for the Riemann Hypothesis and Related Problems Friday, January 19, 2018 at 4:00pm in MMSCI 301

For more information on Dr. Ono and his lectures, including abstracts, can be found at the Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics web site.

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Professor Barry Simon, the (emeritus) IBM Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Caltech and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, will give the eleventh annual lectures in the Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics when he visits Baylor University on April 16-19, 2018.

Dr. Simon is a leading authority in spectral theory, functional analysis, and quantum mechanics. In his more than 400 publications, his work has focused on broad areas of mathematical physics and analysis covering quantum field theory, statistical mechanics, Brownian motion, random matrix theory, nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, random and ergodic Schrödinger operators, orthogonal polynomials, and spectral theory.

Barry Simon

Professor Barry Simon

During his visit, Professor Simon will give four lectures, including three public lectures. The titles of his talks are:

1. Tales of our Forefathers, I (public lecture) Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm

2 & 3. Tales of our Forefathers, II and III (public lecture) Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 3:30 and 5:00 pm

4. Spectral Theory Sum Rules, Meromorphic Herglotz Functions and Large Deviations, Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Rooms for these lectures will be announced at a later date. Detailed information on these lectures and further biographical information on Professor Simon can be found at the Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics web site.

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