4:00 p.m., Monday (February 7, 2005)
California Institute of Technology
Geometries and covers of 3-manifolds
We give a brief introduction to geometric structures on 3-manifolds, and
various outstanding conjectures, in particular Thurston's conjectures about
covers of 3-manifolds. We will also discuss some other topological structures
on 3-manifolds and attempt to relate them to their geometries. We will mention
how this relates to my own work, and other areas of maths, such as minimal
surfaces and Lubotzky's work on discrete groups.
Refreshments will be served at 3:45 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge, Math Annex (Room 1115).