Randomly choosing 3-dimensional manifolds

Start: 12/01/2010 - 4:15pm
End  : 12/01/2010 - 5:15pm


Helen Wong (Carleton College)


Just as Magellan managed to circumnavigate our spherical earth, is it possible for an astronaut now to circumnavigate our universe? Locally our world looks like three-dimensional space, but globally the picture could be much more complicated. Topologists have long known how to abstractly construct all possible options (assuming some reasonable hypotheses like closure, compactness, and orientability), but distinguishing them apart is no easy task. In this talk, we’ll talk about some probabilistic attempts to the problem.

Millikan 134, Pomona College

Misc. Information

Refreshments served at 3:45 p.m. Harry Mullikin Room, Millikan 209
The dinner will be hosted by Prof. Ami Radunskaya If interested in attending, email aer04747@pomona.edu