Two applications of homotopy theory to physics

Topology illuminates properties of geometric spaces which are independent of scale.  Scale-independent features of physical systems play an important role, for example when deducing the large-scale behavior from a small-scale description.  After an introduction to basic topological ideas, I will discuss two joint results with Mike Hopkins, one an application to string theory and the other an application to condensed matter theory.

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Seminar
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
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Time Room
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294