Colloquium[ Edit ]
Moderator: Ron Rosenthal
We discuss Lie-type algebraic operations - brackets, cobrackets, and double brackets - in the module generated by free homotopy classes of loops in a surface. This subject was initially inspired by the study of the Atiyah-Bott Poisson brackets on the moduli spaces of surfaces. Recently, the algebraic operations on loops were related to the Kashiwara-Vergne equations on automorphisms of free Lie algebras.
Lecture 1: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 15:30
Lecture 2: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 15:30
Lecture 3: Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 15:30
A single round soap bubble provides the least-perimeter way to enclose a given volume of air, as was proved by Schwarz in 1884. The Double Bubble Problem seeks the least-perimeter way to enclose and separate two given volumes of air. Three friends and I solved the problem in Euclidean space in 2000. In the latest chapter, Emanuel Milman and Joe Neeman recently solved the problem in Gauss space (Euclidean space with Gaussian density). The history includes results in various spaces and dimensions, some by undergraduates. Many open questions remain.