The introduction of the Chern-Simons differential form in 1972 catalyzed a remarkable series of developments across mathematics and physics, continuing to the present day.
The classical Chern-Simons invariant provides an obstruction to immersing a 3-manifold conformally into Euclidean 4-space, while the quantum Chern-Simons invariants in topological field theories gave rise to many new developments in knot theory. In physics, the Chern-Simons action for gauge fields is widely discussed as an alternative or supplement to conventional Maxwell and Einstein theories. Topological field theories encode the fractional statistics of emergent anyon particles in condensed matter.
This workshop will cover the current state of the manifold areas in mathematics and physics in which Chern-Simons and other topological field theories have had a dramatic impact, as well as their appearance in new areas ranging from integrability to number theory.
Shiing-Shen Chern, the founding Director of MSRI was born on October 28, 1911 in Jiaxing, China. We join the Chern Institute of Mathematics at Nankai University and the Yau Mathematical Sciences Center at Tsinghua University in celebrating Professor Chern's 110th Birthday, following Chinese tradition.Updated on Sep 01, 2021 11:14 AM PDT
MSRI and the Mathematical Science Institutes Diversity Initiative (MSIDI) are pleased to announce that the 2021 Blackwell-Tapia Conference (rescheduled from Fall 2020), will be held simultaneously at four locations nationwide. The conference will celebrate the 2020 Blackwell-Tapia prize winner, Tatiana Toro (University of Washington), who has recently been announced as the next Director of MSRI, effective August 2022.
Choose from four host sites nationwide:
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI): Berkeley, California
Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM): Los Angeles, California
Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI): Chicago, Illinois
Institute for Advanced Study (IAS): Princeton, New JerseyUpdated on Sep 02, 2021 08:26 AM PDT
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