Ravi Vakil is a Professor of Mathematics and Robert K. Packard University Fellow at Stanford University. He has received numerous awards as a teacher, researcher, and author. A former math kid himself, he now works extensively with talented young mathematicians at all levels. Prof. Vakil has been instrumental in the development of Proof School and serves on the school's Board of Trustees.
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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