The Michael E. Moody Lecture Series
“A World From a Sheet of Paper”
Tadashi Tokieda, Stanford University
March 5, 2018
Starting from just a sheet of paper, by folding, stacking, crumpling, sometimes tearing, we will explore a variety of phenomena, from a magic trick and geometry to elasticity and the traditional Japanese art of origami. Much of the talk consists of table-top demos, which you can try later with friends and family.
So, take a sheet of paper . . .
Tadashi Tokieda grew up as a painter in Japan, became a classical philologist in France, before switching to mathematics (PhD Princeton). As of last fall he is a professor of mathematics at Stanford. Previously he had been a director of studies in mathematics at Cambridge for 13 years. Most of his research is in macroscopic physics and applied mathematics. He is active in outreach in the developing world, especially via the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences near Cape Town.
7:00 pm, Shanahan Auditorium
Harvey Mudd College Campus
320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont CA 91711
No RSVP necessary, refreshments in Thomas Garrett Plaza immediately following the talk.
Previous Moody Lectures
- Spring, 2017, Skip Garibaldi:“Identifying Lottery Scams Using Mathematics and Public Lottery Data”
- Fall, 2016, Karen Saxe: “Mathematics & Social Justice”
- Spring 2016: Andrea L. Bertozzi: “The Mathematics of Crime”
- Fall 2015: Satyan Devadoss: “The Shape of Nature: Bee, Tree, Origami”
- Spring 2015, Tim Chartier: “Who’s Number One? From Ranking to Bracketology”
- Fall, 2014, Trachette L. Jackson on “Mathematical Models of Tumor Angiogenesis”
- Spring, 2014, Anette Hosoi on “From Razor Clams to Robots: The Mathematics Behind Biologically Inspired Design”
- Fall, 2013, Jennifer Quinn on “Mathematics to DIE for: The Battle Between Counting and Matching”
- Spring, 2013, Ravi Vakil on “The Mathematics of Doodling”
- Spring, 2012, Andrew Belmonte on “The Mathematics of Strings, Spaghetti, and Splashes”
- Fall, 2011, Robert L. Devaney on “Chaos Games and Fractal Images”
- Fall, 2010, Jonathan Rogness on “When Mathematics Meets YouTube”
- Spring, 2010, Lesley Ward on “The Linear Algebra of Internet Search Algorithms”