Pure Maths Colloquium: The Fascination of Least Area Surfaces
22 January 2001 16:00 in CM221
"The study of least area surfaces is more than 200 years old and it makes contact with many mathematical disciplines,from the calculus of variations and partial differential equations to geometry (Riemannian, Kahler and symplectic) and topology. I will describe what I consider to be some of the most significant milestones in this field and how they are linked. I shall attempt, in this way, to put into a broad perspective some current developments and open problems, including ones crucial to the understanding of the SYZ mechanism for mirror symmetry."
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