Theoretical Statistics and Mathematics Unit, ISI Delhi

January 14, 2020 (Tuesday) ,
4:00 PM at Webinar

Speaker:
Gaurav Bhatnagar,
JNU

Title:
Ramanujan’s q-continued fractions

Abstract of Talk

It is exactly a hundred years since Ramanujan died at an early age of 32 years, but his mathematical
legacy lives on. One of the things he was famous for was his work on continued fractions. We will
give a brief introduction to Ramanujan’s life and the material available on his story and his work.
We will show Ramanujan’s q-continued fractions and show how an elementary idea used by Euler
can be used to prove many of Ramanujan’s continued fractions. We expect to briefly mention some
topics of current research interest. Students are welcome; much of the talk will be suitable for a
general audience.