Topology Seminar

Title: Homotopy Theory and Hilbert's Third Problem
Speaker: Jonathan Campbell
Speaker Info: Duke University
Brief Description:
Special Note:

In this talk I'll explain how one might attack Hilbert's Generalized Third Problem via homotopy theory, and describe recent progress in this direction. Two n-dimensional polytopes, $P$, $Q$ are said to be scissors congruent if one can cut $P$ along a finite number of hyperplanes, and re-assemble the pieces into $Q$. The scissors congruence problem, aka Hilbert's Generalized Third Problem, asks: when can we do this? what obstructs this? In two dimensions, two polygons are scissors congruent if and only if they have the same area. In three dimensions, there is volume and another invariant, the Dehn Invariant. In higher dimensions, very little is known --- but the problem is known to have deep connections to motives, values of zeta functions, the weight filtration in algebraic K-theory, and regulator maps. I'll give a leisurely introduction to this very classical problem, and explain some new results obtained via homotopy theoretic techniques.
Date: Monday, March 02, 2020
Time: 4:10pm
Where: Lunt 104
Contact Person: Eva Belmont
Contact email: ebelmont@northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-467-1634
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