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AT Research Seminar Pre-Talk: Moduli spaces of manifolds February 27, 2014 (11:00 AM PST - 12:00 PM PST)
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Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
Speaker(s) Oscar Randal-Williams (University of Cambridge)
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I will define certain moduli spaces of smooth manifolds, and give several formulations of recent work, joint with Galatius, which identifies the homology of these spaces. I will explain how this may be viewed as a higher homology extension of a theorem of Kreck. I'll then explain some recent work, joint with Botvinnik and Ebert, which applies this to obtain homological and homotopical information about spaces of positive scalar curvature metrics.

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