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Faculty of Mathematics


Professor Ravi Vakil

University of Stanford

Friday 22 April 2016 at 12:00pm in Room 3, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms.

The Mathematics of Doodling

Doodling has many mathematical aspects: patterns, shapes, numbers, and more. Not surprisingly, there is often some sophisticated and fun mathematics buried inside common doodles. I’ll begin by doodling, and see where it takes us. It looks like play, but it reflects what mathematics is really about: finding patterns in nature, explaining them, and extending them. By the end, we’ll have seen some important notions in geometry, topology, physics, and elsewhere; some fundamental ideas guiding the development of mathematics over the course of the last century; and ongoing work continuing today.

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