Professorin Katrin Wendland (Uni Freiburg): Singularities and topological quantum field theories
Thursday, 28.06.2012 16:30 im Raum M5
From the viewpoint of geometry one is naturally led to the study of singularities,
that is, of apparently discontinuous phenomena in geometry. Classical examples
of such singularities include the so-called catastrophes. The mathematical structures
arising in catastrophe theory, on the other hand, are also the fundamental mathematical
ingredients of topological quantum field theories. This yields a geometric approach to
topological quantum field theories, which will be the central theme of this talk.