Graduate Student Seminar

Title: On usefulness of spectra
Speaker: Takuo Matsuoka
Speaker Info: Northwestern University
Brief Description:
Special Note:

I would like to explain to non-experts how stable homotopy theory gives a natural framework for thinking about characteristic numbers of manifolds, and characteristic classes of vector bundles. It will be observed that it is natural to consider these concepts in a general context where they are allowed to take values in quite general rings or "cohomology" rings. I will begin with basic examples and the definition of spectra, which are the objects of interest of the talk.
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Time: 5:15pm
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Austin Ford
Contact email: aford@math.northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847/467-1658
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