Hilbert's 13th problem and geometry

Speaker:Prof. Benson Farb
Time: Fri. 10:00 -11:00,2021 - 3 - 19


Hilbert's 13th Problem (H13) is a fundamental open problem about polynomials in one variable. It is part of a beautiful (but mostly forgotten) story going back 3 thousand years. In this talk I will explain how H13 (and related problems) fits into a wider framework that includes problems in enumerative algebraic geometry and the theory of modular functions. I will then report on some recent progress, joint with Mark Kisin and Jesse Wolfson. While some fancy objects will appear in this talk, much of it should (I hope) be understandable to undergraduate math majors.

Speaker Introduction

Prof. Benson Farb is a professor of University of Chicago. He is invited speaker of International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 and fellow of the AMS, inaugural class 2012.

Zoom Meeting ID:849 963 1368 

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