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Upcoming Colloquia & Seminars

  1. AT Postdoc Seminar: The Mirror Symmetry Conjecture and Cobordisms

    Location: MSRI: Baker Board Room
    Speakers: Hiro Tanaka (Harvard University)

    This talk--aimed for a general audience of neither topologists nor model theorists--will discuss applications of cobordisms to Kontsevich's mirror symmetry conjecture. We'll begin by stating a rough version of the
    conjecture, which builds a bridge between symplectic geometry on one hand, and on the other hand, algebraic geometry over the complex numbers. We then discuss how the theory of cobordisms, which studies when two manifolds can be the boundary of another manifold, sheds light on how to generalize the mirror symmetry conjecture, while giving us information about objects in symplectic geometry. (For example, two Lagrangians related by a compact cobordism are equivalent in the Fukaya category.)

    Updated on Apr 17, 2014 05:00 PM PDT
  2. Logic Colloquium: The Differential Field of Transseries

    Location: UC Berkeley, 60 Evans Hall
    Speakers: Lou van den Dries (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

    Transseries originated some 25 years ago, mainly in Ecalle's work, but also independently in the study of Tarski's problem on the field of reals with exponentiation. Some 20 years ago I formulated some conjectures about the differential field of transseries, and started exploring its model-theoretic properties, first jointly with Matthias Aschenbrenner, and a few years later also in collaboration with Joris van der Hoeven. Around 2011 we finally saw a clear path towards a proof, sharpening the conjectures in the meantime. In the last few weeks we finished the job, with one proviso: as part of a division of labor and for lack of time, some final details have only been checked by some of us, but not yet by all three of us. In any case, I will motivate these conjectures, and give an account of their status.

    Created on Apr 22, 2014 12:04 PM PDT
  3. MT Postdoc Seminar

    Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
    Updated on Apr 18, 2014 12:49 PM PDT
  4. MSRI/Evans Lecture: The (un)reasonable effectiveness of model theory in mathematics

    Location: 60 Evans Hall
    Speakers: Carol Wood (Wesleyan University)

    The talk will be built around  examples of how model theory informs our understanding in areas of mathematics such as algebra, number theory, algebraic geometry and analysis. The model theory behind these applications includes concepts such as compactness, definability, stability and o-minimality. However, we assume  no special expertise in model theory, but rather aim  to illustrate the kinds  of  mathematical questions for which a model theoretical perspective has proven to be useful.

    Updated on Apr 15, 2014 11:58 AM PDT
  5. Conformal Field Theory

    Location: MSRI: Baker Board Room
    Created on Feb 19, 2014 08:18 AM PST
  6. Eisenbud Seminar: Algebraic Geometry and Commutative Algebra

    Location: Evans 939

    3:45pm
    Speaker: Zvi Rosen (UC Berkeley)
    Title:   Computing Algebraic Matroids

    Abstract: Algebraic matroids characterize the combinatorial structure of an algebraic variety. By decorating the matroid with circuit polynomials and base degrees, we capture even more information about the variety and its coordinate projections.  In this talk, we will introduce algebraic matroids, discuss algorithms for their computation, and present some motivating examples.

     

    5:00pm
    Speaker: Noah Giansiracusa (UC Berkeley)
    Title:  Equations of Tropical Varieties

    Abstract: I'll discuss joint work with J.H. Giansiracusa (Swansea) in which we study scheme theory over the tropical semiring T, using the notion of semiring schemes provided by Toen-Vaquie, Durov, or Lorscheid. We define tropical hypersurfaces in this setting and a tropicalization functor that sends closed subschemes of a toric variety over a field with non-archimedean valuation to closed subschemes of the corresponding toric variety over T. Upon passing to the set of \mathbb{T}-valued points this yields Kajiwara-Payne's extended tropicalization functor. We prove that the Hilbert polynomial of any projective subscheme is preserved by our tropicalization functor, so the scheme-theoretic foundations developed here reveal a hidden flatness in the degeneration sending a variety to its tropical skeleton.

    Created on Feb 10, 2014 08:42 AM PST
  7. AT Research Seminar

    Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
    Created on Feb 14, 2014 08:56 AM PST
  8. MT Postdoc Seminar

    Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
    Created on Feb 06, 2014 09:23 AM PST
  9. AT Postdoc Seminar

    Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
    Speakers: Vesna Stojanoska (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    Created on Feb 07, 2014 09:36 AM PST
  10. Conformal Field Theory

    Location: MSRI: Baker Board Room
    Created on Feb 19, 2014 08:18 AM PST
  11. AT Research Seminar

    Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
    Created on Feb 14, 2014 08:57 AM PST
  12. MT Postdoc Seminar

    Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
    Created on Feb 06, 2014 09:23 AM PST
  13. AT Postdoc Seminar

    Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
    Speakers: Joseph Hirsh (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    Created on Feb 07, 2014 09:37 AM PST
  14. AT Seminar

    Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
    Speakers: Alexei Kitaev (Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics)
    Created on Apr 14, 2014 09:17 AM PDT
  15. Conformal Field Theory

    Location: MSRI: Baker Board Room
    Created on Feb 19, 2014 08:23 AM PST
  16. AT Research Seminar

    Location: MSRI: Baker Board Room
    Created on Feb 14, 2014 08:57 AM PST
  17. Conformal Field Theory

    Location: MSRI: Baker Board Room
    Created on Feb 19, 2014 08:24 AM PST
  18. AT Research Seminar

    Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
    Created on Feb 14, 2014 08:58 AM PST