Graduate Student Seminar

Title: Manifolds and the Kervaire invariant
Speaker: Paul VanKoughnett
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Last week, I defined a close relationship between objects of stable homotopy theory -- the homotopy groups of spheres -- and objects of geometry -- framed manifolds. This relationship will allow us to construct and discuss Kervaire's 1960 example of a 10-manifold admitting no differentiable structure. This example is the starting point of the Kervaire invariant problem, which was almost completely resolved recently using some high-powered methods of homotopy theory.
Date: Friday, October 31, 2014
Time: 4:00pm
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Corinna Wendisch
Contact email: wendisch@math.northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-644-5889
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