Crafoord Academy Lecture 2017

A world from a sheet of paper – the Crafoord Academy Lecture 2017 with Tadashi Tokieda, Stanford University, USA.

A world from a sheet of paper

Tadashi Tokieda, Stanford University, USA. Welcome remarks by Nils Dencker, the Crafoord Prize Committee for Mathematics. Concluding remarks by Ebba Fischer, the Crafoord Foundation.

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 Japanese art of origami. Much of the lecture consists of table-top demonstrations, which you can try later with friends and family.

So, take a sheet of paper…

Tadashi Tokieda is a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. He grew up as a painter in Japan, became a classical philologist in France and, having earned a PhD in pure mathematics from Princeton, has been an applied mathematician in England and the US. He is also active in outreach in the developing world, especially via the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences.