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American Mathematical Society President Speaks at Baylor

Dec. 1, 2009

Professor George E. Andrews, Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics at the Pennsylvania State University, spoke in the fourth annual Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics on Wednesday, April 14, 2010.

The title of Professor Andrews' public lecture was entitled "Ramanujan and His Amazing Lost Notebook." His second lecture "The World of q-Orthogonal Polynomials and Bailey Chains" was delivered on Thursday, April 15. For further information on Professor Andrews and his visit, please click on our Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics link.

George Andrews
George Andrews

Professor Andrews is the current President of the American Mathematical Society. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a Fulbright Scholar as well as a Guggenheim Fellow.

While visiting Trinity College in Cambridge (U.K.) in 1975, Professor Andrews discovered what is now known as 'Ramanujan's Lost Notebook.' This collection contains about 600 identities and equations that the famed and enigmatic Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920) had written during the last year of this life. Remarkably, yet mysteriously, nearly every formula in this book was written without proof. Working for the past three decades, Andrews and his co-workers have been able to produce proofs for most of the formulae in the book. Andrews' work in this area was featured in a 1987 episode of the PBS show NOVA that was devoted to describing the life and work of Ramanujan.

Professor Andrews is also nationally recognized for his compelling essays, provocative lectures, and tireless work in mathematics education. He is deeply concerned about recent national trends in mathematics education, the use of technology in the classroom, and how mathematics is being taught at all levels.