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Mathematics Colloquium


Date:  Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Title:  Reflections on homological invariants for knots

Abstract:  A few years ago Peter Kronheimer noticed that some curious coincidences between Khovanov homology for knots and a version of instanton floer homology partially developed in the late 90's by Collin and Steer and closely related to a version of the Donaldson invariants of a pair developed in the early 90's by Kronheimer and myself. Kronheimer and I have more fully developed this Floer homology theory recently. I will explain this some of the background ideas in this area and make some speculations on future work.

Speaker:  Tom Mrowka
Institution:  MIT


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