More bedside reading

In his short kick-off talk Monday, Don Zagier suggested the following papers as an introduction to some of the general themes of the trimester.

(with M. Kontsevich) Periods.
In Mathematics Unlimited–2001 and Beyond (B. Engquist and W. Schmid, eds.), Springer, Berlin-Heidelberg-New York (2001), 771-808
Japanese translation: In Suugaku no saisentan–21 seiki e no chousen, Vol. 1, Springer, Tokyo (2002), 74-125


Arithmetic and topology of differential equations
Proceedings of the 2016 ECM, 57 pages (Hirzebruch Lecture).

Both papers (as well as all of Don’s papers) can be found on his

V. Golyshev’s talk today

Vasily gave concrete details on various calculations (get an exceptional collection, count rational curves, get a connection, take its Fourier transform, get a Picard-Fuchs equation, intersect the vanishing cycles from its four simple singularities using modular forms et voila! you’re back at the start) for V5, the minimal Fano threefold of anticanonical degree 40.

To paraphrase Don Zagier: bedside reading.

A remark on minimal Fano threefolds
(to be used in conjunction with
Classification problems and mirror duality)

Keeping up to date

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Trimester activities

Spencer Bloch outlined today some of the options for activities in our trimester at HIM.

  • Groupe de travail
  • What is…?
  • Winter school
  • Lecture
  • Workshop

These would work as follows.

  • Groupe de travail: Highly technical, intended for people working in the field.
  • What is…?: Introductory lecture on the very specific topic of the title, intended for everyone
  • Winter school: Introductory lectures on a given subject, intended particularly for students
  • Lecture: General mathematics lecture on a topic germane to the trimester’s themes
  • Workshop: One of the three week-long focused activities of the trimester with several talks each day.

All speakers are strongly encouraged to submit relevant material (notes, slides, pre-print, etc.), something beyond the talk’s abstract.