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CMSA Math Science Literature Lecture Series


April 6, 2021      9:00 am
Speaker: Edward Witten - IAS

TITLE: Isadore Singer’s Work on Analytic Torsion ABSTRACT: I will review two famous papers of Ray and Singer on analytic torsion written approximately half a century ago. Then I will sketch the...
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Quasimodular forms from Betti numbers


April 6, 2021      8:00 am
Speaker: Pierrick Bousseau - ETH

This talk will be about refined curve counting on local P^2, the noncompact Calabi-Yau 3-fold total space of the canonical line bundle of the projective plane. I will explain how...
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Loop-erased random walk—a random fractal


April 1, 2021      4:30 pm
Speaker: Greg Lawler - University of Chicago

Many models in equilibrium statistical physics produce random fractal curves “at criticality.”  I will discuss one particular model, the loop-erased random walk, which is closely related to uniform spanning trees...
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