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J.C. Eaves Lecture - Tara Holm

Speaker: Tara Holm is a Professor of Mathematics at Cornell University.

Title: Understanding Symplectic Geometry through Polytopes and Lattice Points

Abstract: Topology is often called ``rubber sheet geometry" and is described as ``floppy" while geometry is more ``rigid".  Symplectic geometry, the natural geometry of classical mechanics, is floppier than Riemannian geometry but more rigid than topology.  I will give an overview of this floppy/rigid spectrum.  We will then explore how the geometry and topology of symmetries in this context relate to properties of polytopes, motivated by many pictures and examples.  I will conclude with how some of my recent work, joint with Daniel Cristofaro-Gardiner, Alessia Mandini and Ana Rita Pires, comes to feature continued factions, counting lattice points, and the Philadelphia subway system.