Seminar Event Detail


Date:  Thursday, January 10, 2019
Location:  3866 East Hall (3:00 PM to 4:00 PM)

Title:  Topological Invariants of Algebraic Functions (after Poincare and Arnold)

Abstract:   Poincare invented algebraic topology in an effort to understand how the roots of a polynomial depend on the coefficients. In his study of the cohomology of the braid group, Arnold attempted to develop topological invariants capable of obstructing solutions of a polynomial in one variable. In this talk, I'll recall algebraic functions and their topology, and review some examples of topological obstructions to their solutions (including Arnold's topological proof of Abel's theorem, McMullen's obstruction to iterative algorithms, and Burda's work on the Kronecker-Klein resolvent problem). Time permitting, I'll describe work in progress with Benson Farb and Mark Kisin on the algebraic function (for a given g and n) which assigns to a g-dimensional abelian variety an n-torsion point.


Speaker:  Jesse Wolfson
Institution:  UC-Irvine

Event Organizer:   Jennifer Wilson


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