Topology-Geometry Seminar, 2012-2013
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Winter: Seminar will meet at 12:00 on Monday in Gilkey 104
Here are comments and suggestions by faculty for possible topics for students to present:
The Wild World of 4-manifolds): http://www.ams.org/bookstore-getitem/item=FOURMAN http://www.amazon.com/Wild-World-4-Manifolds-Alexandru-Scorpan/dp/0821837494 I have a copy of this book and have found it to be relatively easy to pick up and read and I would certainly love to learn more about this topic myself. It might then make a natural bridge for students to be able to read Milnor's paper about exotic 7-spheres.
A few source textbooks and survey articles in Geometry/Topology:
Martin R. Bridson Andre Haefliger
Metric Spaces of Non-Positive Curvature
"Sign and geometric meaning of curvature"
comparison theorem in riemannian geometry
Mapping class group of the torus
or Classification of simple curves on surfaces
Classical topology and combinatorial group theory -2nd ed. Chapter 6
I have a copy