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The geometry of Einstein’s equations
Date: 2018/6/22             Browse: 102

Speaker:     Prof. Joel Fine. ULB

Time:          15:00—16:00, June 22 

Location:    Room 1A-200, SIST Building


When Einstein introduced his famous “field equations” in 1915 his motivation was purely physical: to describe the curvature of space-time. In my talk I will describe a much more recent mathematical application of Einstein’s equations, namely the classification of geometric spaces. I will describe the field equations in non-technical language and then explain how they can be used to prove results in mathematics. The most spectacular success of the use of Einstein’s equations in this way is the proof of the Poincaré conjecture. This was achieved by Grigory Perelman in 2003, one hundred years after the conjecture was formulated by Henri Poincaré. I will give a non-technical overview of Perelman’s proof. If time remains, I will explain the challenges which still lie ahead in applying Einstein’s equations to other problems in geometry.



2004 Ph.D. in Differential Geometry, Imperial College London, Supervisor: Sir Simon Donaldson (1986年菲尔兹奖获得者)

2000 Master in Mathematics, Oxford University

Academic Positions

2006-present Associate Professor in Mathematics, ULB

2004-2006 Post-doc at the University of Edinburgh

SIST-Seminar 18055