Math Seminar Series
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Tristan Wells, Michigan State University, will be speaking.
The seminar title is "Crash Course on Handles and 4 Manifolds."
Contact Danika Vanniel (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
I will quickly introduce some background of 4 manifolds and their important characteristics, like the intersection form. Then I will roughly follow chapter 4 of Gompf and Stipsicz book on 4 manifolds, chapters 4 and 5, in formulating handle decompositions of 4 manifolds. After considering handle moves, I will then mention how this tool is useful in knot theory and surgery on 3 and 4 manifolds.