Math Encounters: "The Mathematics of Doodling" with Ravi Vakil (7:00 pm)

Doodling has many fun mathematical aspects: patterns, shapes, numbers, and more.  But surprisingly, there is often sophisticated mathematics buried inside common doodles, too.  While doodling may look and feel like play, it actually reflects what mathematics is really about:  finding patterns in nature, explaining them, and extending them.  Join Ravi Vakil, Stanford professor of mathematics, and doodle your way through some important notions in geometry, topology, and physics, some fundamental ideas guiding the development of mathematics over the last century, and even some ongoing work that continues today.

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Math Encounters is a public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics, presented by the Simons Foundation and the National Museum of Mathematics.

For further information, call the National Museum of Mathematics at (212) 542-0566 or e-mail

Please note, this presentation is designed to be accessible and engaging to a general audience. As a rule of thumb, it would be best enjoyed by participants ages 12 and up.

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September 6th, 2017 7:00 PM   through   8:30 PM
National Museum of Mathematics
11 East 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
United States
Phone: (212) 542-0566