Math Science Literature Lecture Series


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May 22, 2020 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Ciprian Manolescu - Stanford University

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Title: Four-dimensional topology

Abstract: I will outline the history of four-dimensional topology. Some major events were the work of Donaldson and Freedman from 1982, and the introduction of the Seiberg-Witten equations in 1994. I will discuss these, and then move on to what has been done in the last 20 years, when the focus shifted to four-manifolds with boundary and cobordisms. Floer homology has led to numerous applications, and recently there have also been a few novel results (and proofs of old results) using Khovanov homology. The talk will be accessible to a general mathematical audience.

Written articles will accompany each lecture in this series and be available as part of the publication “History and Literature of Mathematical Science.”

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