Mathematics from doodling


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September 23, 2020 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
via Zoom Video Conferencing

Ravi Vakil - Stanford

We'll start with a type of doodle most of you have done since you were little, and start wondering about it. We'll be led through a number of questions I've heard starting from long ago, wandering through a number of different ideas, and hopefully ending in the vicinity of some of the groundbreaking ideas of Maryam Mirzakhani. This is what mathematics, and basic science, is really about --- observing something out there "in nature", wondering about it, explaining it, and realizing that it connects to other deeper questions, and then repeating the process.