Ravi Vakil's homepage
Office: 383-Q
2013: on sabbatical, partly at the American Institute of Mathematics
I am a Professor of Mathematics and the
Robert K. Packard University Fellow
at Stanford University,
and was the David Huntington Faculty Scholar.
I have received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching,
an American
Mathematical Society
Centennial Fellowship,
a Frederick E. Terman fellowship, an
Alfred
P. Sloan Research Fellowship,
a National Science Foundation CAREER grant, the presidential award PECASE,
the Brown Faculty Fellowship. In 2013, I am a Simons Fellow in Mathematics.
I have received the Coxeter-James Prize from the Canadian
Mathematical Society, and
André-Aisenstadt
Prize from the CRM in Montréal.
(This may give you a clue that I am Canadian.)
I was the 2009 Earle Raymond Hedrick Lecturer at Mathfest, and
I am the Mathematical Association of America's Pólya Lecturer 2012-2014. The article
based on this lecture has won the Lester R. Ford Award in 2012 and the Chauvenet Prize in 2014.
- Some publications and preprints.
- Teaching:
- In fall 2013, I am on sabbatical, as a
Simons Fellow in Mathematics.
In winter and spring 2014, I will teach the second and third (of three) quarters of Math 216 (Foundations of Algebraic Geometry); Zhiyuan Li will teach the first quarter. By the end of the year, I want to finalize the notes.
- In fall 2012, I taught an experimental new course called Education as Self-Fashioning: Rigorous and Precise Thinking.
- The year before, I taught a year-long course: Math 216: Foundations of Algebraic Geometry. The notes are here.
- In winter 2011, I taught Math 245 (intersection theory).
In fall 2010, I taught Math 120 (Modern Algebra), and Math 210A --- the first quarter of graduate algebra. Here are the solutions to the topsy turvy puzzle due to inventive students in the 120 class.
- Here are some older teaching links.
From 2001 until 2007, I coordinated the William Lowell Putnam competition
at Stanford, and in conjunction with that I ran
a weekly Pólya problem-solving seminar for talented undergraduates, as well
as a Masterclass for experts ---
more information here.
The Pólya seminar is currently led by Kannan Soundararajan; click here for more information.
- I serve on the editorial boards of
Advances in Mathematics,
Algebra and Number
Theory,
Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra,
Gokova Geometry and Topology Journal, and Involve (a research journal for students).
I used to serve on the board of the
Mathematical
Intelligencer. I serve on the International Mathematical Union's Committee on Electronic Information and Communication.
The department
- The Department of Mathematics,
including directions.
Searchable and
printable campus maps. The first link shows the math department.
- Some awards won by our undergraduates in 2010-11 (at some point to be updated --- they keep winning stuff).
- Along with Brian Conrad and David Hoffman, I've helped organized some public lectures at Stanford (at some point to be updated).
Algebraic geometry
For students
Miscellaneous mathematics
- mathoverflow.net.
(You can read about the site here.)
I am a supporter of this site.
- Great writing in mathematics.
- Mathematical riddles: figure out the meanings of the following statements. (i) (ii) The number of finite sets is e. (If you can answer this, you may want to figure out the number of abelian p-groups. Terry Tao gives the answer on his blog.)
Department of Mathematics, Stanford University, Stanford CA USA 94305
phone: 650-725-6284
fax: 650-725-4066
E-mail: vakil@math.you-know-where.edu