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Author Archives: Danny Calegari
StiefelWhitney cycles as intersections
This quarter I’m teaching the “Differential Topology” firstyear graduate class, and for a bit of fun, I decided to teach an introduction to characteristic classes, following the classic book of that name by Milnor and Stasheff. The book begins with … Continue reading
Schläfli – for lush, voluminous polyhedra
Because of some turbulence in real life (™) over the last few months, it’s been somewhat hard to concentrate on research. Fortunately the obligation of teaching sometimes exerts the right sort of psychological pressure to keep my mind on mathematics in short bursts. Continue reading
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