|Date: Friday, September 15, 2017
Location: 3096 East Hall (3:10 PM to 4:00 PM)
Title: The Projective Plane
Abstract: The ancient Greeks were already interested in the solution sets f(x,y) = 0, where f is a polynomial (e.g. conic sections). The plane R^2 seems like the natural space on which to place these solutions, and in fact it was not until the 17th century that this notion was (slowly) challenged and the projective plane was born.
In this talk, I will introduce the projective plane and explain why it is sometimes a much better space in which to study these solution sets. This talk will be accessible to everyone.
Speaker: Eamon Quinlan