Abstract: Four manifolds are some of the most intriguing objects in topology. So far, they have eluded any attempt of classification and their behaviour is very different from what one encounters in other dimensions. On the other hand, Einstein metrics are among the canonical types of metrics one can find on a manifold. In this talk I will discuss many of the peculiarities that make dimension four so special and see how Einstein metrics could potentially help us understand more about four manifolds.
- Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar