UBC Math Department Colloquium: Alex Wright

  • Date: 01/08/2018
Alex Wright, Stanford University

University of British Columbia


Dynamics, geometry, and the moduli space of Riemann surfaces


The moduli space of Riemann surfaces of fixed genus is one of the hubs of modern mathematics and physics. We will tell the story of how simple sounding problems about polygons, some of which arose as toy models in physics, became intertwined with problems about the geometry of moduli space, and how the study of these problems in Teichmuller dynamics lead to connections with homogeneous spaces, algebraic geometry, dynamics, and other areas. The talk will mention joint works with Alex Eskin, Simion Filip, Curtis McMullen, Maryam Mirzakhani, and Ronen Mukamel.

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ESB 2012 (note special time)
Mon 8 Jan 2018, 3:00pm-4:00pm