Food For Thought Seminar

The primary goal of this seminar is to cover interesting and important ideas and techniques in math in a way that is accessible to a general graduate student audience. We aim to cover topics that either (1) encompass milestones in mathematical thinking, and/or (2) explain the basic ideas and mode of operation of a specific area of math. The flavor of the talks will be idea-oriented rather than definition-theorem-proof oriented, so that the major ideas are conveyed without getting bogged down in technicalities and details. We hope to cover some beautiful and important math in a way that every graduate student can gain from.

Also, we have food for stomach.

Meets: Mondays, 12pm-1pm, AP&M 7421

Date Speaker Title
01/23 Tadashi Tokieda (YouTube video) Toy models
01/30 Sasha Ayvazov Examples in Computational Art
02/06 Pieter Spaas Fun with Logic and Operator Algebras
02/13 Eric Lybrand Deterministic Models for Topoisomerase II: Feeling Knotty!
02/27 Peter Wear Representing integers as the sum of two squares
03/06 Michelle Bodnar A Combinatorialist's Rebuttal
03/13 Francois Thilmany Why last year was not simple, but this year will be

For last quarter's schedule, click here.

For the current schedule, click here.


Daniel Smith, Calum Spicer, Sinan Aksoy, Michelle Bodnar,
Kuang Thamrongpairoj, Stephan Weispfenning, Sasha Ayvazov, Pieter Spaas


Want to speak in the seminar? Send us an email with your topic idea!

Don't know what to talk about? Here are some ideas!

This event is sponsored by the GSA. Thanks!



Department of Mathematics
University of California, San Diego.