SMS scnews item created by Joshua Ciappara at Tue 27 Oct 2020 2312
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 31 Dec 2020
Calendar1: 28 Oct 2020 1500-1600
CalLoc1: Zoom webinar
Auth: ciappara@ (jcia6420) in SMS-LDAP

Student Algebra Seminar: Ciappara -- Euler and Pontryagin classes

Joshua Ciappara will give the Seminar’s eighth talk in Semester 2 tomorrow afternoon
on Zoom.  Please find the details below.  Anyone desiring to attend the talk or join the
mailing list is warmly invited to get in touch:  

Title: Euler and Pontryagin classes

Abstract: We will begin with a reminder on Grassmannians and universal bundles, 
and particularly their connection to characteristic classes. This background will 
motivate the goal of calculating the integral cohomology rings of the classifying 
space G_n and its counterpart for oriented vector bundles. On the road to the answer, 
we will introduce Euler and Pontryagin classes and explore their basic properties 
(including the reason Euler classes are so named).

Time and date: 3 pm Wednesday 28 October

Seminar website: