Sandra Huppert

Colloquium in honour of Michael Weiss

Friday, 02.02.2024 16:30 im Raum M2

Mathematik und Informatik

Speaker: Manuel Krannich (KIT Karlsruhe) Title: Surreal Pontryagin classes Abstract: Pontryagin classes were originally considered as invariants of real vector bundles, but thanks to work of Novikov, Sullivan, and Kirby--Siebenmann it was realised in the 60s that these invariants in fact do not depend on the linear structure on the fibres and can be defined more generally for Euclidean fibre bundles, that is, fibre bundles whose fibres are homeomorphic to Euclidean space. This led to the question whether the well-known fact that the $k$th Pontryagin class of a d-dimensional vector bundle vanishes for $k > d/2$ continues to hold in the setting of Euclidean fibre bundles. To the surprise of many, Michael Weiss proved in 2015 that it does not. I will speak about this result of Michaels and about some of the subsequent developments in high-dimensional geometric topology that were inspired by his proof.


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