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Tag Archives: Topology
Real Numbers Base…Factorials! And A Byproduct
PROPOSITION 1: For a real number x there exists a sequence $ x_1, x_2, x_3,…$ of integers such that $ \hspace{4cm} x=x_1 +\frac{x_2}{2!}+\frac{x_3}{3!} + \cdots + \frac{x_n}{n!} + \cdots, \hspace{2cm} (*) $ where $x_1$ can be any integer, but for … Continue reading
Gauge Theory and LowDimensional Topology (Part II: Smooth FourManifolds)
In the last post, I attempted to give an overview of the state of affairs in fourmanifold topology leading up to the introduction of gauge theory. In particular, we discussed the correspondence between (topological) fourmanifolds and their intersection forms afforded by … Continue reading
Donaldson Turns 60
“Donaldson has opened up an entirely new area; unexpected and mysterious phenomena about the geometry of 4dimensions have been discovered. Moreover, the methods are new and extremely subtle, using difficult nonlinear partial differential equations. On the other hand, this theory … Continue reading
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Gauge Theory and LowDimensional Topology (Part I: Historical Context)
Hi! This month, I thought I would start a brief series of articles describing the uses of gauge theory in mathematics. Rather than discuss current research directions in gauge theory (of which there are many), I hope to give an … Continue reading
What is a Manifold? (6/6)
In posts 13 we were able to reduce all of the geometry of a curve in 3space to an interval along with two or three realvalued functions. We also discussed when two sets of such data give equivalent (overlapping) curves. This … Continue reading