## 7th Annual Richard & Louise Guy Lecture: Ravi Vakil

- Date: 09/20/2012

Ravi Vakil, *Stanford University*

University of Calgary

The Mathematics of Doodling

Doodling has many mathematical aspects: patterns, shapes, numbers,and more. Not surprisingly, there is often some sophisticated and funmathematics 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 important notions in geometry, topology,physics, and elsewhere; some fundamental ideas guiding thedevelopment of mathematics over the course of the last century; andongoing work continuing today.

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Science B 103, University of Calgary

ABOUT THE RICHARD AND LOUISE GUY LECTURE SERIES

The Richard & Louise Guy lecture series celebrates the joy of discovery and wonder in mathematics for everyone. Indeed, the lecture series was a 90th birthday present from Louise Guy to Richard in recognition of his love of mathematics and his desire to share his passion with the world. Richard Guy is the author of over 100 publications including works in combinatorial game theory, number theory and graph theory. He strives to make mathematics accessible to all. The other contributions to the lecture series have been made by Elwyn Berlekamp (2006), John Conway (2007), Richard Nowakowski (2008), William Pulleyblank (2009), Erik Demaine (2010) and Noam Elkies (2011).

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