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Low Dimensional Topology - The KirbyFest
June 22–26 1998
at MSRI

Program schedule

Monday June 22

9:00

Welcome

9:15

Andrew Casson

Setting the Stage: Surgery in the Sixties

10:45

Cliff Taubes

The Geometry of the Seiberg-Witten Invariants

1:00

Robert Edwards

That marvelous torus

2:15–2:45

Daryl Cooper

The Orbifold Theorem

4:00–4:30

Danny Ruberman

Diffeomorphisms of 4–manifolds

Tuesday June 23

9:15

Joan Birman

Vassiliev invariants of knots and links: a survey

10:45

Cameron Gordon

Knots and Dehn surgery

1:00

Ron Stern

Some curious symplectic and
non-symplectic 4–manifolds

2:15–2:45

Peter Teichner

Filtering the knot concordance group by
Whitney Towers

Wednesday June 24

9:15

Vaughan Jones

Noncommutative geometry

10:45

Larry Siebenmann

Kirby and the promised land of topological
manifolds: memories and memorable arguments

1:00

Michael Freedman

Some ideas of Kirby's: in, around, and
outside of mathematics

2:20–2:50

Colin Rourke

The Compression Theorem

4:00–4:30

Cole Giller

Emerging mathematical ideas in neurosurgery

7:00

Banquet at His Lordships Restaurant, Berkeley Marina

Thursday June 25

9:15

John Morgan

Holomorphic bundles over elliptic curves and
families of del Pezzo surfaces

10:45

Dennis Sullivan

Combinatorial topology and the continuum
model of geometry

1:00

Curt McMullen

Foliated Teichmuller theory

2:05–3:00

Problem session

4:00–4:20

Michael Hirsch

Foliated Surfaces and algorithms for unknots

4:30–5:00

Fredric Ancel

Contractible open n–manifolds (n>4)
are determined by their Z-boundaries

Friday June 26

9:15

Robert Gompf

Applications of Kirby Calculus

10:45

Simon Donaldson

Symplectic and Lagrangian surfaces in 4–space

1:00

William P Thurston

Are 3–manifolds transparent?
Diamonds, glass and surgery

2:10–2:30

Charles Thomas

Complexifying diffeomorphism groups
of a surface

2:40–3:00

Fredric Ancel

Contractible open n–manifolds (n>4)
are determined by their Z-boundaries

4:00–4:20

Stavros Garoufalidis

The stable cohomology of the mapping class
group with arbitrary coefficients

4:30–4:50

Larry Taylor

Remarks on an old friend of Rob's:
R4's from then till now

 
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