|Registration Deadline:||June 26, 1998 over 21 years ago|
|To apply for Funding you must register by:||March 22, 1998 over 21 years ago|
The Scope: Recent years have seen spectacular new developments in the study of three and four dimensional manifolds, and in knot theory. Connections have been established to mathematical physics (gauge theory, statistical mechanics, quantum field theory), differential geometry (sympectic/contact geometry, hyperbolic geometry, minimal surfaces), complex algebraic geometry and representation theory. This conference aims to bring together researchers in these areas to see what common threads emerge. We hope to encourage cross fertilization of ideas and techniques, host a large number of graduate students, and encourage new collaborations. Current research areas on which the conference will focus include gauge theory and smooth structures on 4-manifolds, symplectic and contact topology, topology of 4-manifolds, quantum topology and perturbative invariants of knots and 3-manifolds, hyperbolic geometry in dimension 3, and combinatorial methods in knot theory and 3-dimensional topology. These are all areas in which Rob Kirby and his students have made important contributions, and special events honoring Kirby on the occasion of his 60th birthday will be a part of this event Invited speakers include: J. Birman, A. Casson, S. Donaldson, C. Gordon, R. Edwards, M. Freedman, V.F.R. Jones, M. Kontsevich, R. Lickorish, R. Kirby, J. Morgan, L. Siebenmann, D. Sullivan, C. Taubes, W. Thurston.Show less
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Students, recent Ph.D.'s, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding awards are typically made 6 weeks before the workshop begins. Requests received after the funding deadline are considered only if additional funds become available.
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MSRI has preferred rates at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, depending on room availability. Guests can call the hotel's main line at 510-845-7300 and ask for the MSRI- Mathematical Science Research Institute discount. To book online visit this page (the MSRI rate will automatically be applied).
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