Photo of Manjul Bhargava in front of chalkboard

Mathematics & Patterns

with Manjul Bhargava
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 • Tuesday, December 8, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Apply or nominate a worthy colleague here.

Deadline: November 4, 2020.

The world is full of beautiful patterns—from tilings on kitchen floors, to petals on daisies and spirals on pinecones, to the emergence of cicadas into the sunlight every 17 years. A childhood desire to understand such patterns eventually led Manjul Bhargava to a career in mathematics and number theory. This master class will explore the mathematics underlying patterns in the world around us.

This is a two-session master class. In the first session, teachers learn from the master. In the second, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.

Manjul Bhargava is the R. Brandon Fradd Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University and was the 2014 recipient of the Fields Medal, sometimes called the “Nobel Prize of Mathematics.” A renowned educator, he teaches a popular course at Princeton on “The Mathematics of Magic Tricks and Games” and was one of the authors of the new National Education Policy of India.