1:00 p.m., Friday (January 19, 2007)
University of Alberta
The language of forms
(A journey from the Mobius strip to affine Kac-Moody and superconformal algebras)
One of the most recurrent themes in Geometry, is the study of objects that locally
look the same. I will explain, mainly via examples and in non-technical terms, how
the concept of "locally look the same" has evolved through time (mostly through
some beautiful ideas of Serre and of Grothendieck).
Refreshments will be served at 12:45 p.m. (PIMS Lounge).