Event № 143
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An amazing discovery of physicists is that there are many seemingly quite different quantum field theories that lead to the same observable predictions. Such theories are said to be related by dualities. A duality leads to interesting mathematical consequences; for example, certain K-theory groups on the two spacetime manifolds have to be isomorphic. We will explain how some of these K-theory isomorphisms predicted by physics correspond to certain cases of the Baum-Connes Conjecture, which originally was introduced for totally different reasons.