DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

APPLIED AND COMPUTATIONAL MATHEMATICS SEMINAR

**Speaker:** Gopal Srinivasan,
IIT Bombay, India

**Title: ***
The gamma function - an eclectic tour
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**Abstract:**
The ubiquitous gamma function was introduced in analysis by Leonard Euler
in a letter to Goldbach nearly 300 years ago. Since its inception it has
attracted the attention of almost every eminent mathematician of the
eighteenth and nineteenth century and continues to interest the
mathematicians of the present generation.
The talk will be expository in which some important historical sign posts
of the nineteenth century will be discussed. We shall touch upon several
diverse approaches to the study of this special function with a sampling
of a few proofs (off the beaten track) of some known results and also a
discussion of certain less known identities. The talk would conclude with
some recent results.

**Time:** Friday, November 2, 2018, 1:30-2:30pm

**Place:** Exploratory Hall, Room 4106

Department of Mathematical Sciences

George Mason University

4400 University Drive, MS 3F2

Fairfax, VA 22030-4444

http://math.gmu.edu/

Tel. 703-993-1460, Fax. 703-993-1491