Hausdorff Forum May 13, 2016 - 14h

Location: room no. 0.008

Sergei Gukov (CalTech/MPIM): "The sound of knots and 4-manifolds"

Barclay Prime is a restaurant in Philadelphia that became famous for its exquisite $100 cheesesteak. Served with a small bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne, Barclay Prime's cheesesteak is made of sliced Kobe beef, melted Taleggio cheese, shaved truffles, sauteed foie gras, caramelized onions and heirloom shaved tomatoes on a homemade brioche roll brushed with truffle butter and squirted with homemade mustard. Yet, in essence, it still is just a sandwich. One of the recent developments at the interface of physics and mathematics involves a number of very sophisticated ingredients from both fields. Yet, at its basic, it is just familiar quantum mechanics that I will present to you on May 13.