Pure Maths Colloquium: A glance on the topology of singularities
2 May 2016 16:00 in CM221
Singularity theory is a crossing point of several areas of mathematics. It is in a way a natural continuation of calculus: Studying the behaviour of differentiable functions near their critical points. In this talk we shall discuss some basic aspects of singularity theory from the viewpoint of topology, following classical work by F. Klein, J. Milnor and others. This is closely related to other classical subjects of topology and geometry such as orbifolds, knots theory and open-book decompositions.
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