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October 10, 2006

Talks by Hopkins and Willerton

Posted by Urs Schreiber

Since I already announced our next colloquium talk # I might just as well mention a few other interesting upcoming events - at least for those who spend the next month or so in central Europe.

  • In the context of the Andrejewski lecture series, Michael Hopkins gives a series of lectures on Topological aspects of topological field theory at the math institute of Universität Göttingen, consisting of three talks

    • Tuesday 24. October, Introduction to topological field theories
    • Wednesday 25. October, Topological methods in topological field theories
    • Thursday 26. October, The Wess-Zumino-Witten conformal blocks
    I hope to be there at least Wednesday and Thursday.
  • In the first of next semester’s colloquium of our Center for Mathematical Physics, Simon Willerton will talk about Gerbes, groupoids and Dijkgraaf-Witten theory, from the point of view of higher categories along the lines of Freed’s approach; November 9, here in Hamburg.

    See for instance

    S. Willerton
    The twisted Drinfeld double of a finite group via gerbes and finite groupoids
    math.QA/0503266

Posted at October 10, 2006 7:19 PM UTC

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