Seminar on String Geometry for Mathematicians and Physicists

Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00pm in LCB 222

For more information contact:
Katrin Becker (organizer),
Ben McKay (disorganizer),
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"Mathematicians are like a certain type of Frenchman: when you talk to them they translate it into their own language, and then it soon turns into something completely different."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, On Nature and Natural Science

2002-2003 Lecture Schedule

Speaker Date Title
Aug 28 Organizing meeting
Javier Fernandez Sep 25 Introduction to Calabi-Yau manifolds
Javier Fernandez Oct 2 Introduction to Calabi-Yau manifolds II
Javier Fernandez Oct 9 Introduction to Calabi-Yau manifolds III
Ben McKay Oct 16 Exceptional holonomy I
Ben McKay Oct 23 Exceptional holonomy II
Katrin Becker Oct 30 Heterotic strings, fluxes and complex manifolds with torsion
Alastair Craw Dec 4 Kahler reduction and quiver gauge theories
Alastair Craw  Jan 15 Derived categories I: introduction
Renzo Cavalieri Jan 22 Derived categories II: construction
Alastair Craw Jan 29 Derived categories III: applications
Fumitoshi Sato Feb 5 The Virasoro conjecture for Gromov-Witten invariants
Aaron Bertram Feb 12 Quantum cohomology and flat connections
Paul Horja Feb 18 Derived categories and mirror symmetry I
Unusual day and room: LCB 215, and time: 2:30pm
Paul Horja Feb 19 Derived categories and mirror symmetry II
Paul Aspinwall Feb 24 Derived categories and D-branes
Unusual day and room: JWB 333
Paul Aspinwall Feb 26 Derived categories and D-branes II
Paul Aspinwall Feb 28 Derived categories and D-branes III
Unusual day
Michael Douglas March 14 Dirichlet branes and mirror symmetry
Unusual day
Paul Green April 16 The Krichever-Novikov algebras as universal intertwiners for conformal field theory

2001-2002 Lecture Schedule

Speaker Date Title
Aaron Bertram Sep 19 Classical mechanics and classical field theory
Aaron Bertram Sep 26 Classical mechanics and classical field theory II
Ben McKay Oct 10 Path integrals in quantum mechanics
Ben McKay Oct 17 Path integrals in quantum mechanics II
Ben McKay Oct 24 Problem session
Jim Carlson Oct 31 Classical electrodynamics
Jim Carlson Nov 7 Classical electrodynamics II
Ben McKay Nov 14 General relativity
Ben McKay Nov 21 General relativity II
Ben McKay Nov 28 General relativity III
Jim Carlson Jan 9 Kaluza-Klein theories
Jim Carlson Jan 16 Kaluza-Klein theories II
Jim Carlson Jan 23 Kaluza-Klein theories III
Javier Fernandez Jan 30 Perturbation theory and Feynman diagrams
Javier Fernandez Feb 27 Perturbation theory and Feynman diagrams II
Anca Mustata Mar 6 Introduction to string theory
Javier Fernandez Mar 20 Perturbation theory and Feynman diagrams III
Y. P. Lee Mar 27 Supersymmetry and geometry
Anca Mustata Apr 3 Introduction to string theory II
Anca Mustata Apr 10 Introduction to string theory III
Fumitoshi Sato Apr 17 Vertex operator algebras
Anca Mustata Apr 24 Conformal field theory
Anca Mustata Fri
May 3
Conformal field theory II
(N.B. unusual day)

Lecture Notes

"The Germans, and they are not alone in this, have the gift of making the sciences inaccessible."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister's Journeyman Years

Aaron Bertram Classical Mechanics and Field Theory
Ben McKay Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics
Ben McKay Basic General Relativity
Paul Ginsparg Applied Conformal Field Theory
(from famous 1988 Les Houches Lectures)
Ben McKay A list of useful references.


"You can't teach mathematicians anything". E. Witten