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Applied Mathematician L. Mahadevan | Meeting the Minds

Simple curiosities compel scientist

L. Mahadevan is a professor of applied mathematics. But he's also a physicist. And an engineer. ''One doesn't have to look too hard around to find interesting questions, beautiful questions,'' he said. L. Mahadevan is a professor of applied mathematics. But he's also a physicist. And an engineer. ''One doesn't have to look too hard around to find interesting questions, beautiful questions,'' he said.
By Billy Baker
Globe Correspondent / October 6, 2008

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L. Mahadevan smiled at the question, which was: "What, exactly, do you do?" It is, on the surface, a simple question, but for Mahadevan the answer could lead many places. Or, maybe, that's the answer, that Mahadevan, a 43-year-old professor at Harvard, studies seemingly simple, everyday questions - such as, how does fabric drape? paper wrinkle? paint dry? -and hopes ... (Full article: 901 words)

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