SMS scnews item created by Sean Gardiner at Mon 8 Sep 2014 1606
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 12 Sep 2014
Calendar1: 11 Sep 2014 1300-1400
CalLoc1: New Law 104

SUMS: Tillmann -- Three Angles on Tropical Geometry

This week we’re lucky to have Stephan Tillmann giving the Thursday SUMS talk. 

The field of tropical geometry is considered to be an infant,
even though its origins trace back to Newton. I’ll start with Newton’s work
on polynomials, then describe Bergman’s breakthrough results using tropical
geometry to answer questions in group theory, and end with the study of
degenerations of geometric structures on surfaces.