# Open Neighborhood Seminar

### Harvard University Math Department

(Roughly) every other Wednesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (We alternate with Math Table.) Talk begins at 4:30, social hour begins at 5:30. You can find the zoom link on the College Calendar, or by subscribing to our mailing list.

## Next talk: September 23

**Speaker:**Ravi Vakil (Stanford)**Title:**Mathematics from doodling**Abstract:**We'll start with a type of doodle most of you have done since you were little, and start wondering about it. We'll be led through a number of questions I've heard starting from long ago, wandering through a number of different ideas, and hopefully ending in the vicinity of some of the groundbreaking ideas of Maryam Mirzakhani. This is what mathematics, and basic science, is really about --- observing something out there "in nature", wondering about it, explaining it, and realizing that it connects to other deeper questions, and then repeating the process.

## Past and future talks:

### September 9

**Speaker:**Amie Wilkinson (UChicago)**Title:**Observations on dynamics, mathematical and existential.**Abstract:**I will report on a dynamical way of thinking and tell you a little about my own personal experience as a mathematician.

### September 23

**Speaker:**Ravi Vakil (Stanford)**Title:**Mathematics from doodling**Abstract:**We'll start with a type of doodle most of you have done since you were little, and start wondering about it. We'll be led through a number of questions I've heard starting from long ago, wandering through a number of different ideas, and hopefully ending in the vicinity of some of the groundbreaking ideas of Maryam Mirzakhani. This is what mathematics, and basic science, is really about --- observing something out there "in nature", wondering about it, explaining it, and realizing that it connects to other deeper questions, and then repeating the process.

### October 7

**Speaker:**James Maynard (Oxford)**Title:**TBA**Abstract:**TBA

### October 21

**Speaker:**TBA**Title:**TBA**Abstract:**TBA

### November 4

**Speaker:**TBA**Title:**TBA**Abstract:**TBA

### November 18

**Speaker:**TBA**Title:**TBA**Abstract:**TBA

**Organizers:**Ana Balibanu (ana@math.harvard.edu) and Elden Elmanto (elmanto@math.harvard.edu).