Being a mathematician is not that far removed from being a monk: Prof. Mahan Mj
The math scholar on his love for the subject, renouncing worldly life and applications of geometric topology
Prof. Mahan Mj, also known as Mahan Maharaj or Swami Vidyanathananda, is not your typical math scholar. Born Mahan Mitra in 1968, he has a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in mathematics. He renounced worldly life to become a monk by joining the Ramakrishna Mission in 1998, but continues to teach and research in mathematics.