Topology Seminar: Marty Scharlemann (UCSB), 'An overview of the Schonflies Conjecture'

Event Date: 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 -
3:30pm to 4:30pm

Event Location: 

  • 4607B South Hall

Event Contact: 

Daryl Cooper
Email: cooper@math.ucsb.edu

This is meant to be a fairly accessible talk, reviewing the antecedents of the Schšnflies Conjecture and its resolution in all dimensions other than 4. We discuss why the conjecture is important, and the classic approach to its resolution that has spawned much beautifully pictorial mathematics, without actually succeeding.