The Mathematics of Doodling

Ravi Vakil (Stanford)
Thu May 18th 2023, 7:30 - 9:00pm
Everett and Jane Hauck Auditorium, David and Joan Traitel Building of Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Doodling is a creative and fundamentally human activity, resulting in doodles with intricate and often hidden implicit structure. We will treat doodles as an example for how mathematics is done --- by starting with some doodles, we will ask ourselves some natural questions and see where they take us. They will lead us to some unexpected places, and to some sophisticated mathematics.

Ravi Vakil is a Professor of Mathematics and a Continuing Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. You can learn more about Professor Ravi Vakil here: