Prof. Dr. Hansjoerg GEIGES (University of Cologne): How to visualise manifolds up to dimension 5

Academic or specialist Colloquium / Congress / Forum

We usually think of 2-dimensional manifolds as surfaces
embedded in Euclidean 3-space. Since humans cannot
visualise Euclidean spaces of higher dimensions, it appears
to be impossible to give pictorial representations of
higher-dimensional manifolds. However, one can in fact
draw 1-dimensional pictures truly representing the topology
of surfaces. By analogy, one can draw 2-dimensional
pictures of 3-manifolds (Heegaard diagrams), and 3-dimensional
pictures of 4-manifolds (Kirby diagrams). With a little trick,
one can even draw 2-dimensional (sic!) pictures of at
least some 5-manifolds.

In this talk I shall explain how to draw such pictures
and how to use them for answering topological and
geometric questions. The work on 5-manifolds is joint
with Fan Ding and Otto van Koert.

[Invited by Prof. Ruth Kellerhals]

When? 15.03.2011 17:15
Where? PER 08 Phys 2.52
Chemin du Musée 3
1700 Fribourg
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