When

Start: 11/04/2009 - 4:15pm

End : 11/04/2009 - 5:15pm

End : 11/04/2009 - 5:15pm

Category

Colloquium

Speaker

Charles Doran University of Alberta and University of Washington

Abstract

We'll start by investigating the combinatorial properties of certain special pairs of

polygons defined on a planar lattice. By reinterpreting these, after Isaac Newton, we

will relate them to algebraic equations. The variables in the algebraic equations are

naturally complex numbers and they describe a “complex torus”. The vanishing loci

of the algebraic equations are elliptic curves, whose basic geometric and topological

properties we will discuss. If time permits, we may also describe an application to

string theory.

Where

Millikan Room 134, Pomona College

Misc. Information

Refreshments served at 3:45 p.m. upstairs in the Harry Mullikin Room 209

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The dinner will be hosted by Professor Ursula Whitcher.

If interested in attending, call ext. 72844