ICMS-LMS Undergraduate Series: Opportunities and directions in modern mathematics

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Ulrike Tillmann FRS (INI, Cambridge)

The next talk in this online series will be given by:

Ulrike Tillmann FRS (INI, Cambridge)

Title: Strings and surfaces

Abstract: Surfaces, and manifolds more generally,  are fundamental objects in geometry and topology. It is surprising how rich the study of surfaces is and how much we still don't know.  In this talk, directed at undergraduates, will look at how ideas physics, in particular from quantum field theory and string theory,  have inspired mathematicians to have a fresh look.

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This online series is held three times annually (November, February and May) and features distinguished mathematical speakers from around the world. The talks are one hour in length, followed by a leisurely Q&A session about the talk and then a Roundtable discussion about the future directions in mathematics and what opportunities are available to prospective PhD students.

The goal is to encourage undergraduates in the mathematical sciences to consider engaging in research degrees in mathematics by:

  • providing an overview of possible avenues of research from the point of view of leaders in the field,
  • discussing how undergraduates can take the next steps towards applying for a postgraduate degree,
  • offering insights to the applications and funding processes,
  • hearing from current Masters and/or PhD students,
  • answering questions from undergraduates who are considering applying for a postgraduate degree after they have completed their current studies.

View video recordings from previous lectures given by Simon Donaldson (Imperial College) here and Barry Mazur (Harvard) here.