Monday February 24, 2003

Speaker: Sergei Gukov (Harvard)

Title: Geometric Ideas in Physics

Abstract: Throughout the history of physics and mathematics, there are many occasions when progress in one subject is motivated by the developments in the other. Starting with a brief review of the history of this phenomenon, I will focus on some recent developments, which include the study of special holonomy manifolds (such as Calabi-Yau and G2 manifolds) and their geometric structures, motivated by the ideas in string theory. As an example, I will discuss coassociative fibrations and mirror symmetry for G2 manifolds, studied in a joint work with S.T.Yau and E.Zaslow.