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Author Archives: Danny Calegari
Explosions – now in glorious 2D!
Dennis Sullivan tells the story of attending a dynamics seminar at Berkeley in 1971, in which the speaker ended the seminar with the solution of (what Dennis calls) a “thorny problem”: the speaker explained how, if you have N pairs of … Continue reading
Dipoles and Pixie Dust
The purpose of this blog post is to give a short, constructive, computationfree proof of the following theorem: Theorem: Every compact subset of the Riemann sphere can be arbitrarily closely approximated (in the Hausdorff metric) by the Julia set of … Continue reading
Mapping class groups: the next generation
Nothing stands still except in our memory. – Phillipa Pearce, Tom’s Midnight Garden In mathematics we are always putting new wine in old bottles. No mathematical object, no matter how simple or familiar, does not have some surprises in store. My … Continue reading
Groups quasiisometric to planes
I was saddened to hear the news that Geoff Mess recently passed away, just a few days short of his 54th birthday. I first met Geoff as a beginning graduate student at Berkeley, in 1995; in fact, I believe he gave the … Continue reading
Div, grad, curl and all this
The title of this post is a nod to the excellent and wellknown Div, grad, curl and all that by Harry Schey (and perhaps also to the lesserknown sequel to one of the more consoling histories of Great Britain), and the purpose … Continue reading
Posted in 3manifolds, Riemannian geometry
Tagged curl, div, exposition, grad, Riemannian geometry, vector field
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A tale of two arithmetic lattices
For almost 50 years, Paul Sally was a towering figure in mathematics education at the University of Chicago. Although he was 80 years old, and had two prosthetic legs and an eyepatch (associated with the Type 1 diabetes he had his … Continue reading
Posted in Hyperbolic geometry, Number theory
Tagged arithmetic lattice, Hyperbolic geometry, orthogonal group
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3manifolds everywhere
When I started in graduate school, I was very interested in 3manifolds, especially Thurston’s geometrization conjecture. Somehow in dimension 3, there is a marvelous marriage of flexibility and rigidity: generic 3manifolds are flexible enough to admit hyperbolic structures — i.e. Riemannian metrics … Continue reading
Posted in 3manifolds, Groups, Hyperbolic geometry
Tagged 3manifolds, acylindrical, quasiconvex group, Random groups, Sierpinski carpet
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