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—Professor of Mathematics at Stanford—is an algebraic geometer, whose work touches on topology, string theory, combinatorics, number theory, and more. He is an award-winning researcher, teacher, and expositor, and helped found MathOverflow and Proof School. Ravi Vakil is a Professor of Mathematics and a Continuing Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University.

You can find more information about speaker Ravi Vakil here: http://math.stanford.edu/~vakil/