The Atiyah-Singer Index Theorem

Speaker:Dan Freed
Time: April 20, 2021 | 9:00 – 10:30am ET
Venue:Zoom Online

Description

The story of the index theorem ties together the Gang of Four—Atiyah, Bott, Hirzebruch, and Singer—and lies at the intersection of analysis, geometry, and topology. In the first part of the talk I will recount high points in the early developments. Then I turn to subsequent variations and applications. Throughout I emphasize the role of the Dirac operator. This talk is part of a subprogram of the Mathematical Science Literature Lecture series, a Memorial Conference for the founders of index theory: Atiyah, Bott, Hirzebruch and Singer. Talk chair: Cumrun Vafa Registration:https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/3516062319845/WN_9Qb6IBIfQ0ujujfLvue2eA

Speaker Introduction

A professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked on a variety of problems centering around global issues in geometry and global analysis. His work often relates to questions in theoretical physics (quantum field theory, string theory, and condensed matter theory).
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