ESP Biography
PETER DIAO, Stanford Math Graduate Student
Major: Math College/Employer: Stanford Year of Graduation: G 

Brief Biographical Sketch:
Not Available. Past Classes(Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)M1443: Math Storytime in Splash! Spring 2011 (Apr. 16  17, 2011)
What have mathematicians learned? What kinds of questions are they still hoping to address?
We will begin by trying to answer two questions that have led to some surprising developments in math.
1) What are numbers?
2) What are shapes?
And continue on to describe examples of some modern achievements and open questions.
M1112: A Story of Mathematics in Splash! Fall 2010 (Nov. 13  14, 2010)
Modern math, like language, is the product of a long historical process. And like language, math is so ubiquitous that itâ€™s easy to forget that human beings had to deliberately create it. We will learn about the genesis, evolution, and impact of some of the great ideas mathematicians have had. Topics may include what we have learned about numbers (number theory), shapes (geometry and topology), symmetry and structure (algebra), and functions (analysis). Expect fastpaced mathematical storytelling from a math graduate student: very biased and shockingly incomplete but hopefully fun. We won't be spending a lot of time proving things.
