On the Friday afternoon before SERMON (March 15), Professor Ken Ono of the University of Wisconsin, will be the Clemson Department of Mathematical Sciences Colloquium speaker. Ken will be speaking on:

Title: The Number Theory of Partitions.

At first glance, the stuff of partitions seems like child's play. After all, 4=3+1=2+2=2+1+1=1+1+1+1, and so p(4)=5. We will discuss classical works of Hardy, Ramanujan and Rademacher on asymptotics and congruences and conclude with more recent works. Recently we have learned quite a bit about congruences for the number of partitions and have learned of new connections with deep and subtle questions in arithmetical algebraic geometry.

The colloquium will be held in G-01 Kinard hall at 4:00 pm (Kinard is the physics building and is located next door to Martin). Refreshments will be served in the lobby of the O-section of Martin hall on the first floor at 3:30 pm. All are invited to attend.

If you will be coming to the colloquium, please e-mail me at and let me know so that I can send you a parking pass.

If you decide to attend the colloquium at the last minute, this is OK too but, you will need to park in a metered visitor space and put money in the meter. If you have a parking pass, you may park in any of the green faculty spaces or in the metered visitor spaces without putting money in the meter.

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