What is a cusped hyperbolic 3-manifold, and why should I care?

Series: 
Research Horizons Seminar
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 12:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location: 
Skiles 005
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School of Math
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Hyperbolic 3-manifolds is a great class of 3-dimensional geometric objects with interesting topology, a rich source of examples (practially one for every knot that you can draw), with arithmetically interesting volumes expressed in terms of dialogarithms of algebraic numbers, and with computer software that allows to manipulate them. Tired of abstract existential mathematics? Interested in concrete 3-dimensional topology and geometry? Or maybe Quantum Topology? Come and listen!