Public Lecture by Mike Hopkins Mathematical invariants: how to know the answer in advance

Date: Time: 4:30 pm–6:00 pm
UNL City Union Room: Union Auditorium
1400 R St
Lincoln, NE 68588–0453
Contact: Steve Cohn, 402-472-7223, scohn1@math.unl.edu
Speaker: Michael Hopkins
Affiliation: Harvard University
Local Hosts: Judy and Mark Walker
Title: Mathematical invariants: how to know the answer in advance

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<b>Abstract</b>: In mathematics and in science an “invariant” of a system is
a quantity, like the total energy, that does not change as the system
evolves. The discovery and understanding of invariants is one of
the engines that drives the development of mathematics. In this talk
I will describe some simple mathematical invariants and the deep
mathematics that has evolved from trying to understand them.

The talk is free and open to the public.

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