Online seminar, this Tuesday at 18:00 (Note the unusual time!), U. Haifa Topology & Geometry seminar on June 23, 2020

Please note the unusual time. This week, we our seminar starts at 6 pm.

Geometry & Topology Seminar

Speaker:  Jonathan Campbell, Duke University

Topic: Homotopy Theory and Hilbert’s Third Problem

Place:  This is an online seminar. Please email me “ozgurbayindir at gmail dot com” for the Zoom ID and password.

Time:   18:00

Date:  Tuesday, June 23,  2020

In this talk I’ll explain how one might attack Hilbert’s Generalized Third Problem via homotopy theory, and describe recent progress in this direction. Two n-dimensional polytopes, P, Q are said to be scissors congruent if one can cut P along a finite number of hyperplanes, and re-assemble the pieces into Q. The scissors congruence problem, aka Hilbert’s Generalized Third Problem, asks: when can we do this? what obstructs this? In two dimensions, two polygons are scissors congruent if and only if they have the same area. In three dimensions, there is volume and another invariant, the Dehn Invariant. In higher dimensions, very little is known — but the problem is known to have deep connections to motives, values of zeta functions, the weight filtration in algebraic K-theory, and regulator maps. I’ll give a leisurely introduction to this very classical problem, and explain some new results obtained via homotopy theoretic techniques.