Sponsored by the Rutgers University Department of Mathematics and the
Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS)
Title: George Eyre Andrews (b. Dec. 4, 1938): A Reluctant REVOLUTIONARY
Speaker: Doron Zeilberger, Rutgers University
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013 5:00pm
Location: Hill Center, Room 705, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ
One of the greatest combinatorialists and number theorists of our time is George Andrews, who made partitions an active and hot mathematical area, and helped make Ramanujan a household name. But all this dwarfs compared with his PIONEERING use of Symbolic computation, starting with very creative use of the early computer algebra system SCRATCHPAD, and continuing to this day with the still-going-strong saga, joint with the RISC-Linz gang, on implementing and beautifully applying MacMahon's Omega calculus. Alas, George, being a tie-and-jacket wearing traditionalist, does not like revolutions, and hence even he does not realize the full impact of his mathematical legacy, that is FAR larger than the sum of its many impressive parts.