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The 15th Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture will be given by Professor Ken Ono, Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics and Chair in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Virginia.

The PME lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 13, 4-5 pm, via Zoom (ID: 947 8772 9456; Password: MATH-CLUB) and broadcasted in 115 Avery Hall.

What is the Riemann hypothesis, and why does it matter?

The Riemann hypothesis provides insights into the distribution of prime numbers, stating that the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function have a “real part” of one-half. A proof of the hypothesis would be world news and fetch a $1 million Millennium Prize. In this lecture, the speaker will discuss the mathematical meaning of the Riemann hypothesis and why it matters. Along the way, he will tell tales of mysteries about prime numbers and highlight some recent advances.

About the Speaker

Ken Ono currently holds the title of Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics at the University of Virginia and is Chair of the Mathematics Section in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was formerly (2018-2021) a Vice President of the American Mathematical Society. Previously, Ono held positions at University of Wisconsin–Madison and Emory University. He completed his BA at the University of Chicago in 1989 and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1993. Ken Ono is a world expert in number theory with more than 200 papers. He is famous for solving Ramanujan's partition congruences and proving the umbral moonshine conjecture. He also has extensive experience working with undergraduates in various REU programs. Besides mathematics, Ken Ono enjoys surfing, SCUBA diving, cycling, running, and swimming. He has competed in World Triathlon Cross Championships events while representing the United States. He is also University of Virginia Swimming's "secret weapon."

Click here to watch a recording of the Zoom meeting.

Ken Ono

The Pi Mu Epsilon lecture series is made possible through the support of the UNL Mathematics Department and the Nebraska Alpha Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon.

For more information contact Tri Lai.

Previous Pi Mu Epsilon Lecturers

YearSpeakerInstitution
2021 (Spring) Ben Brubaker University of Minnesota
2019 (Fall) Joseph Gallian University of Minnesota Duluth
2018 Robert Ghrist University of Pennsylvania
2017 Ileana Streinu Smith College
2016 David J. Saltman Princeton University
2015 Michael Dorff Brigham Young University
2014 Colin Adams Williams College
2013 Suzanne Lenhart University of Tennessee
2012 Michael Parks Sandia National Laboratories
2011 Paul Zorn Saint Olaf College
2010 James A. Sellers Penn State University
2009 (Fall) Andrew F. Rich Manchester College (North Manchester, Indiana)
2009 (Spring) Gwen Fisher Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
2008 David M. Bressoud Macalester