PIMS - UBC Distingusihed Colloquium: Benson Farb:

  • Date: 04/08/2022
  • Time: 15:00
Benson Farb, University of Chicago

University of British Columbia


Hilbert's 13th Problem, geometry and topology


Hilbert's 13th Problem (H13) is a fundamental open problem about polynomials in one variable. It is part of a beautiful (but mostly forgotten) story going back centuries. In this talk I will explain how H13 (and related problems) fits into a wider framework that includes problems in enumerative algebraic geometry and the theory of modular functions. This is joint work with Mark Kisin and Jesse Wolfson. While some fancy objects will appear in this talk, much of it should (I hope) be understandable to undergraduate math majors.

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Location: ESB 2012