Ravi Vakil (Stanford) is presenting on the mathematical aspects of doodling on April 17, at 4pm in B239 Van Vleck Hall. Doodling has many mathematical aspects: patterns, shapes, numbers and more. Not surprisingly, there is often some sophisticated and fun mathematics buried inside common doodles. It looks like play, but reflects what mathematics is really about: finding patterns in nature, explaining them, and extending them. By the end, we'll have seen some important notions in geometry, topology, physics, and elsewhere; some fundamental ideas guiding the development of mathematics over the course of the last century; and ongoing work continuing today.
Dr. Vakil will be presenting on a more technical talk entitled "Cutting and pasting in (algebraic) geometry on Tuesday, April 18 at 4pm in 911 Van Vleck Hall.
The Kellett awards recognize outstanding faculty seven to twenty years past their first promotion to a tenured position. Jordan is one of eleven faculty on campus to win this honor this year.
Congratulations Jordan! This is a great addition to your already long list of awards and recognitions, very well deserved!