Summary: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA
BERKELEY · DAVIS · IRVINE · LOS ANGELES · MERCED · RIVERSIDE · SAN DIEGO · SAN FRANCISCO
CSANTA BARBARA · SANTA CRUZ
Geometry, Topology, and Physics Seminar
Three-manifolds, Ricci flow, and physics, con.
Friday, October 6, 2006, 3:30 p.m.
Room 6635 South Hall
Abstract: The topic of this quarter's seminar is Ricci flow on three-manifolds, with
the goal of understanding
1. the basics of Thurston's geometrization program,
2. Hamilton's strategy for completing that program using Ricci flow,
3. Perelman's technical and conceptual advances in Ricci flow which allow the
program to be completed, and
4. relations to physics including the analogy with the renormalization flow in two-
dimensional quantum field theory.
This second talk will continue our general introduction to three-manifolds, Ricci
flow, and physics.
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