Title: What is a topological field theory?
Speaker: Sam Gunningham
Speaker Info: 4th Year Graduate Student
Topological field theories (TFTs) are a way of describing the topology of manifolds in terms of algebra. I will explain what a TFT is from a mathematical point of view, concentrating on the 1d and 2d cases. The talk will be very elementary, with be plenty of pictures and examples.Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012