Speaker: Frank Sottile (Math, Texas A&M)
Time: Wednesday, March 13 at 3:30 pm; Refreshments at 3 pm
Location: Martin M-102
Title: Galois groups in Enumerative Geometry and Applications
ABSTRACT: In 1870 Jordan explained how Galois theory can be applied to problems from enumerative geometry, with the group encoding
intrinsic structure of the problem. Earlier Hermite showed the equivalence of Galois groups with geometric monodromy groups, and in 1979 Harris initiated the modern study of
Galois groups of enumerative problems. He posited that a Galois group should be `as large as possible' in that it will be the largest group preserving internal symmetry in the geometric problem.
I will describe this background and discuss some work in a long-term project to compute, study, and use Galois groups of geometric problems, including those that arise
in applications of algebraic geometry. A main focus is to understand Galois groups in the Schubert calculus, a well-understood class of geometric problems that has long
served as a laboratory for testing new ideas in enumerative geometry.
Wednesday, March 13 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Martin Hall, M-102
220 Parkway Dr., Clemson, SC 29634, USA