Symmetries of surfaces from linear algebra

Event time: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 6:00pm
LOM 206
Caglar Uyanik
Speaker affiliation: 
Yale University
Event description: 

Abstract: A surface is a geometric object which locally looks like an open disk in R^2, like the sphere, or the torus (the surface of a donut). We’ll talk about the topological symmetries of surfaces, and illustrate how geometry, dynamics, and linear algebra come together while studying loops on surfaces to obtain information about the symmetries of the surfaces.