Talk by Professor Tadashi Tokieda (Stanford)

[Email from Alice Lin]

Hello my keen beans!

I hope you’re free next Thursday 3/7 at 6 pm–Professor Tadashi Tokieda from Stanford will be talking about math for a general audience, and I’m sure that it will be not only approachable but also fascinating! See below for more details.

Best regards,


Fun bonus reading: Here is an article from Quanta Magazine about Prof. Tokieda. He seems like a wholesome dude! He’s also got quite a few videos on Numberphile; here is a link to all of them.


The Vanuxem Lecture Series Presents:

Tadashi Tokieda, Mathematician, Stanford University

Thursday, March 7, 2019

6:00 pm; *McDonnell Hall A02*

A World from a Sheet of Paper

Starting from just a sheet of paper, by folding, stacking, crumpling, sometimes tearing, we will explore a diversity of phenomena, from magic tricks and geometry to elasticity and the traditional art of origami. Much of the show 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 an artist in Japan; studied classical philology in France; learned basic mathematics from Russian collections of problems, then earned a PhD in Mathematics from Princeton. He is now Professor of Mathematics at Stanford. At the root of Tokieda’s unusual career path and varied interests is a deep appreciation for the value of surprise, and he uses toys and table-top demonstrations to illustrate fundamental scientific principles.

This event, sponsored by the Vanuxem Lecture Series, is free and open to the public, with no ticket or reservation required. For further information on this and other events in the series, please see; follow us on twitter at @PrincetonPubLec; and visit Public Lecture’s Facebook page at

Please see the Princeton University map ( for the locations of McDonnell Hall and the closest University parking lots (most are free and open the public after 5pm).

Mary Hayes
Public Lectures Administrator