Event Detail

Event Type: 
Seminar
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 04:00 to 05:00
Location: 
Gilkey 113

Speaker Info

Local Speaker: 
Abstract: 

Playing billiards on a Euclidean ``rational-angled'' polygon can be viewed as following straight lines on an associated flat (real) surface.     When the flat surface has a large appropriate symmetry group, there is an associated algebraic complex curve in the space parametrizing the equivalence classes of complex curves of a fixed genus.    In the talk,  I will hint at some of these ideas, mainly with pictures.  

This is a talk in the Math 599 seminar series for Math graduate students.