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Friedrich-Hirzebruch-Kolloquium: Prof. Dr. Christian Bär (Universität Potsdam): Counterintuitive approximations

Donnerstag, 19.12.2019 16:00 im Raum M5
Mathematik und Informatik

The Nash-Kuiper embedding theorem is a prototypical example of a counterintuitive approximation result: it implies that any surface can be isometrically C^1-embedded into an arbitrarily small ball in R^3. For C^2-embeddings this is impossible due to curvature obstructions. We will present a general result which allows for approximations by functions satisfying strongly overdetermined equations on open dense subsets. To illustrate this we construct nonconstant Lipschitz functions whose derivative vanishes on an open dense subset. Furthermore, we find embeddings of surfaces with surprising curvature properties. Our method is based on the "cut-off homotopy principle", a concept introduced by Gromov in 1986. This is joint work with Bernhard Hanke.



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