Stable diffeomorphism of 4-manifolds

20 November 2017
Mark Powell

I will talk about the diffeomorphism classification of 4-manifolds up to 
connected sums with the complex projective plane, and how the resulting 
equivalence class of a manifold can be detected by algebraic topological 
invariants of the manifold.  I may also discuss related results when one 
takes connected sums with another favourite 4-manifold, S^2 x S^2, instead.