Isadore Singer's Work on Analytic Torsion

组织者 Organizer:Edward Witten
时间 Time: 2021年4月6日 北京时间21:00-22:30
地点 Venue:Zoom Online

讨论班简介 Description

I will review two famous papers of Ray and Singer on analytic torsion written approximately half a century ago. Then I will sketch the influence of analytic torsion in a variety of areas of physics including anomalies, topological field theory, and string theory. 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

报告摘要 Abstract

Edward Witten is an American mathematical and theoretical physicist. He is currently the Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural Sciences at the 

Institute for Advanced Study. Witten is a researcher in string theory, quantum gravity, supersymmetric quantum field theories, and other areas of 

mathematical physics. In addition to his contributions to physics, Witten's work has significantly impacted pure mathematics. In 1990, he became the first 

physicist to be awarded a Fields Medal by the International Mathematical Union, awarded for his 1981 proof of the positive energy theorem in general relativity. 

He is considered to be the practical founder of M-theory.