Graduate Student Seminar, 4:30 pm August 29; HH229


Prof. Bruce Williams


Classification of manifolds


The classification of 1-dim. and 2-dim. manifolds is easy. Perelman may have recently used Differential Geometry to prove conjectures of Poincare and Thurston.

This would be a fantastic advance in the study of 3-manifolds. The theory of smooth 4-dim. manifolds uses symplectic and algebraic geometry.

In dimensions larger than 4 surgery theory is used to reduce classification questions to questions in algebraic topology and quadratic forms.

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