Toric Manifolds - Four Dimensions from Two

Geometry Topology Student Seminar
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 14:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
Georgia Tech
We will investigate a method of "seeing" properties of four dimensional symplectic spaces by looking at two dimensional pictures.  We will see how to calculate the Euler characteristic, identify embedded surfaces, see intersection numbers, and how to see induced contact structures on the boundary of these manifolds.