Geometry Colloquium: Mirror symmetry and modular form

2012-6-22 16:30 - 2012-6-22 18:00
Faculty of Science Building #3 Room 204
Yongbin Ruan (University of Michigan)
Abstract: Mirror symmetry has been a driving force in geometry and physics
for twenty years. Recently, there are some surprising developments in
connection to number theory. The center of attention is the so called the modular form, a central topic in number theory. Traditionally, we apply mirror symmetry to map a difficult problem to an easy problem. The recent advance on the modular form requires a join force from both sides of mirror symmetry. In the talk, I will explain these exciting developments.