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MSRI Evans Lecture Series: "A glimpse into the heart of mirror symmetry" November 23, 2009
Location: UC Berkeley
Speaker(s) Prof. Mark Gross
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Mirror symmetry is a phenomenon first discovered by string theorists circa 1990, suggesting an intimate relationship between different sorts of geometry on two very different manifolds, and resulting in spectacular mathematical predictions.
Since then, a great deal of effort has gone into understanding this relationship. Since 2001, I have been engaged in a program with Bernd Siebert dedicated to providing a conceptual underpinning for the many varied phenomena of mirror symmetry.

The structures involved in mirror symmetry can be extremely complex, making it relatively difficult to explain it. However,in this talk, I will present work of myself, Pandharipande, and Siebert, which gives a simple but surprising example, and which we believe lies at the heart of a conceptual explanation of mirror symmetry.

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