Geometry Topology Working Seminar
Friday, September 2, 2011 - 2:00pm
Recall this is a two hour seminar (running from 2-4).
This series of talks will be an introduction to the use of holomorphic curves in geometry and topology. I will begin by stating several spectacular results due to Gromov, McDuff, Eliashberg and others, and then discussing why, from a topological perspective, holomorphic curves are important. I will then proceed to sketch the proofs of the previously stated theorems. If there is interest I will continue with some of the analytic and gometric details of the proof and/or discuss Floer homology (ultimately leading to Heegaard-Floer theory and contact homology).