Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent search

11/19/2016 5:00 PM

Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent search

Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative
Enter the contest that is discovering math talent!
11/1: Those advancing to the second round will be notified beginning November 1st.

Ken Ono, Japanese-American number theorist, was inspired by the early 20th century, 23-year-old Indian clerk, Srinivasa Ramanujan, a gifted mathematician who reached out directly to Cambridge University professor and renowned British mathematician, G.H. Hardy, with his mathematical theories. Hardy invited Ramanujan to study and collaborate at Cambridge. Ramanujan’s life story was recently played out in the touching film called The Man Who Knew Infinity starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.

Ken Ono worked on that film and has written a book about Ramanujan.

This summer, Ken Ono, an Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University, introduced the Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative, a global search for modern-day mathematical geniuses, in which anyone can participate. Undiscovered mathematicians around the world are being found and matched with advancement opportunities in the field. Expii is the open, personalized learning platform in which to discover this talent through creative challenges. It is sponsored by the Templeton World Charity Foundation, in conjunction with IFC Films and Pressman Film, producers of The Man Who Knew Infinity.

For more information about the genesis of the competition visit http://www.mathcs.emory.edu/~ono/spirit.html.
For more information about Ken Ono see this article by Quanta Magazine http://bit.ly/22hnyzg,
and Khabar's interview of Ken Ono,
and Khabar's report on Ken Ono speaking at the Decatur Book Festival 

You may register individually online and enter the open round of the Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative. During this round, anyone who enters has the chance to answer various multiple choice questions which are released regularly. There is a huge and entertaining variety of problems.

The contest already found one math genius, Ishwar Karthik, a 12 year-old from India: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6reT3ofVdKQ  After seeing his mathematical prowess in the Expii open round, he was connected with Professor Ahmad El-Guindy of Texas A&M, who has been working with him every week.

Anyone can apply for the awards. Applications are accepted now. The Expii component is separate from the Templeton awards. A participant can apply for a Templeton award directly. A strong performance on Expii is not a prerequisite.

To apply: 

#TheManWhoKnewInfinity, #Ramanujan , #spiritoframanujan.

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings,
Date: January 4-7, 2017
Venue: Atlanta
There, they will engage with award-winning mathematicians (e.g., Fields Medalists, Cole Prize winners, Steele Prize winners, etc.) Organized by the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society, the JMM is the largest annual mathematics conference in the world. Its purpose is to advance mathematical achievement, encourage research, and provide the communication necessary to progress in the field. Up to 10 participants will be offered financial support to attend and participate in approved summer research in mathematics. They will receive a Templeton-Ramanujan Summer Fellows Prize to cover the summer program expenses.

Adrienne Jacoby Cindy Tanenbaum, PR, Inc. ​o: 410-757-4176 c: 757-778-2326

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