Professor S.M. Uppal will be holding his second professorial talk on 31st March 2016, at JKUAT, Lecture Theater 1 from 2 – 4 PM.

**SYNOPSIS**

Although interest in numbers is as old as civilization itself, much about them is still not understood and some of the oldest and most elementary sounding problems concerning them are still unsolved. A peculiarity of Number Theory is that while its major theorems can often be stated in terms that anyone can understand, their proofs – where they exist, require deep complex Mathematics. Despite the great advances made in Mathematics over the last forty centuries, it is crystal clear that Mathematicians are nowhere near in fully understanding the integers, let alone other kinds of numbers. Can numbers be finally conquered? It looks as if it will be another million years at least before even prime numbers would be finally understood! One would undoubtedly come to the conclusion that ‘THE WORLD OF NUMBERS IS REALLY FASCINATING’