23 May 2013
"Among the first successes of the h-cobordism theorem was the classification of simply connected closed 5-manifolds. Dimension five is sufficiently large to be able to implement the tools of surgery theory, yet low enough to allow an explicit classification of the manifolds. These traits make dimension five interesting in terms of existence results of geometric structures, like Riemannian metrics of positive Ricci/nonnegative sectional/positive sectional curvature, Einstein metrics, contact structures, Sasakian structures, among others. The talk will be a limited survey of the five-dimensional symbiosis between topology and geometry"
- Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar