Richard Askey, University of Wisconsin - Madison, U.S.A.
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The last 100 years of special functions


The advent of fast computing machines was thought to have made special functions a subject of the past.  The reality has been different. Continued development of older functions and the introducation of new special functions has been the reality.  A summary of some of this work will be given, as well as some suggestions for what still remains to be discovered.  One surprising theme was the continuing impact of some of the work of Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Future Directions and Open Problem Session (From the Scientific Program):

There will be a discussion of future directions and an open problem session on Friday, June  9. Everybody is welcome to participate. Please contact Dick Askey with your proposals if you would like to take part in this program. As a result of this discussion we are planning to submit somewhere an article about future directions of the subject written by a team of authors.