Toy Models

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

2:30pm – 3:45pm

310 Kelly Hall, Virginia Tech Campus

Tadashi Tokieda

Department of Mathematics

Stanford

Abstract:

Would you like to come see some toys?

`Toys’ here have a special sense: objects of daily life which you can find or make in minutes, yet which, if played with imaginatively reveal surprises that keep scientists puzzling for a while. We will see table-top demos of many such toys and visit some of the science that they open up. A theme that emerges is singularity.

Biography:

Tadashi Tokieda grew up as a painter in Japan, became a classical philologist (not to be confused with philosopher) in France, before switching to mathematics. He worked for many years at Cambridge, and is now a professor at Stanford. He is active in outreach in the developing world, especially via the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences.