PIMS - UBC Math Department Colloquium: Burt Totaro

  • Date: 09/14/2018
  • Time: 16:00
Burt Totaro, UCLA

University of British Columbia


Birational geometry and algebraic cycles [video]


A video of this event is available on mathtube.org.


A fundamental problem of algebraic geometry is to determine which algebraic varieties are rational, that is, isomorphic to projective space after removing lower-dimensional subvarieties from both sides. We discuss the history of the problem. Some dramatic progress in the past 5 years uses a new tool in this context: the Chow group of algebraic cycles. 

Other Information: 

Location: ESB 2012


Refreshments will be served in ESB 4133 from 3:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.