Stories about Math: Ken Ono

On August 1st, the Fields Medal, often described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics, was awarded at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro. This ceremony takes place every four years and we’re recognizing this prestigious award with a month of math stories on Before the Abstract. Stay tuned every week for a new true, personal story from mathematicians themselves!

This week, Ken Ono tells a story about his Eureka moment while working on one of Ramanujan’s unpublished manuscripts.

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This is the first episode in our Math series, from our show earlier this year at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in collaboration with The Story Collider. Stay tuned for new stories, airing every Thursday:

8/9: Ken Ono

8/16: Seth  Cottrell

8/23: Moon Duchin

8/30: Daniele Struppa

9/6: Piper Harron