2018-19 Serge Lang Undergraduate Lecture

The 2018-19 Serge Lang Undergraduate Lecture will be given on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 4:10PM in room 60 Evans Hall on the Berkeley campus. Our lecturer this year is Helene Barcelo.

MUSA and the Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, present

The 2018-19 Serge Lang Undergraduate Lecture
Helene Barcelo
MSRI


Distinguishing shapes via topology

Abstract: Topologists will say that a coffee cup is like a donut. What do they mean? Homotopy and Homology are invariants created to distinguish basic geometric structures. In this talk I will briefly talk about the history of such invariants and describe new ones that are also applicable to discrete structures like graphs.