CARMA Seminar

4:00 pm

Tuesday, 16th May 2017

V205, Mathematics Building

Prof Wadim Zudilin

(CARMA, The University of Newcastle)

Hypergeometric heritage of W.N. Bailey

Part of my 2016 SSP included completion of a semi-historical review on the mathematics of W.N. Bailey, a familiar name in some combinatorics circles in relation with the "Bailey lemma" and "Bailey pairs." My personal encounters with the mathematician from the first half of the 20th century were somewhat different and more related to applications of special functions to number theory—the subject Bailey had never dealt with himself. One motivation for my writing was the place where I spent my SSP—details to be revealed in the talk. There will be some formulas displayed, sometimes scary, but they will serve as a background to historical achievements. Broad audience is welcome.