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Tag Archives: minimal surface
SchwarzChristoffel transformations, Schwarzian derivatives, and Schwarz’s minimal surface
Hermann Amandus Schwarz (18431921) was a student of Kummer and Weierstrass, and made many significant contributions to geometry, especially to the fields of minimal surfaces and complex analysis. His mathematical creations are both highly abstract and flexible, and at the … Continue reading
Second variation formula for minimal surfaces
If is a smooth function on a manifold , and is a critical point of , recall that the Hessian is the quadratic form on (in local coordinates, the coefficients of the Hessian are the second partial derivatives of at … Continue reading
The topological CauchySchwarz inequality
I recently made the final edits to my paper “Positivity of the universal pairing in 3 dimensions”, written jointly with Mike Freedman and Kevin Walker, to appear in Jour. AMS. This paper is inspired by questions that arise in the … Continue reading
Posted in 3manifolds, TQFT
Tagged 3manifolds, BessonCourtoisGallot, compression body, DijkgraafWitten, Hamilton, hyperbolic manifolds, JSJ decomposition, Miles Simon, minimal surface, Perelman, Ricci flow, scalar curvature, TQFT, unitary, universal pairing, volume entropy, volume inequality
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Groups with free subgroups (part 2)
In a previous post, I discussed some methods for showing that a given group contains a (nonabelian) free subgroup. The methods were analytic and/or dynamical, and phrased in terms of the existence (or nonexistence) of certain functions on or on … Continue reading