I will explain a new formulation of Einstein’s equations in 4-dimensions using the language of gauge theory. This was also discovered independently, and with advances, by Kirill Krasnov. I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this new point of view over the traditional "Einstein-Hilbert" description of Einstein manifolds. In particular, it leads to natural "sphere conjectures" and also suggests ways to find new Einstein 4-manifolds. I will describe some first steps in these directions. Time permitting, I will explain how this set-up can also be seen via 6-dimensional symplectic topology and the additional benefits that brings.
- Geometry and Analysis Seminar