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Category Archives: 3manifolds
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
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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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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Scharlemann on Schoenflies
Yesterday and today Marty Scharlemann gave two talks on the Schoenflies Conjecture, one of the great open problems in low dimensional topology. These talks were very clear and inspiring, and I thought it would be useful to summarize what Marty … Continue reading
Cube complexes, Reidemeister 3, zonohedra and the missing 8th region
There is an old puzzle which starts by asking: what is the next number in the sequence 1,2,4,? We are supposed to recognize the start of the sequence and answer that the next number is surely 8, because the first … Continue reading
Agol’s Virtual Haken Theorem (part 3): return of the hierarchies
Ian gave his second and third talks this afternoon, completing his (quite detailed) sketch of the proof of the Virtual Haken Theorem. Recall that after work of KahnMarkovic, Wise, HaglundWise and BergeronWise, the proof reduces to showing the following: Theorem … Continue reading