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Author Archives: Danny Calegari
Slightly elevated Teichmuller theory
Last week at my invitation, David Dumas spoke in the U Chicago geometry seminar and gave a wonderful introductory talk on the theory of convex real projective structures on surfaces. This is the first step on the road to what is colloquially known … Continue reading
Mr Spock complexes (after Aitchison)
The recent passing of Leonard Nimoy prompts me to recall a lesserknown connection between the great man and the theory of (cusped) hyperbolic 3manifolds, observed by my friend and former mentor Iain Aitchison. In particular, I am moved to give a brief presentation … Continue reading
Taut foliations and positive forms
This week I visited Washington University in St. Louis to give a colloquium, and caught up with a couple of my old foliations friends, namely Rachel Roberts and Larry Conlon. Actually, I had caught up with Rachel (to some extent) … Continue reading
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