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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

3:00 pm in 243 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, April 3, 2019

To Be Announced

Alfredo Wetzel (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mathematics)

3:00 pm in 2 Illini Hall,Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Intersection Theory II

Yidong Chen (Illinois Physics)

Abstract: In this talk, I'll follow chapter 2 of Fulton's book and talk about divisors, pseudo-divisors, and how to intersect with divisors. As an application, I'll discuss Chern class of line bundles. With time permitting, I'll move towards the definition of Chern class of vector bundles, but will most definitely leave the actual work to the next speaker.

3:00 pm in 341 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Hurewicz' theorem (1930) on uncountable sets — a variant approach

Robert Kaufman (UIUC Math)

Abstract: In the theorem below, $C(K)$ is the space of continuous functions on the Cantor space $K$ and $C^*(K) \subseteq C(K)$ is the set of functions with uncountable range.

Theorem. For any analytic set $A$ in a metric space $M$, there is a continuous map $\varphi$ of $M$ into $C(K)$ such that $\varphi^{-1}(C^*(K)) = A$.

The argument uses only classical analysis; an important role is played by the notion of ultrametric space. A few minutes will be devoted to the representation of analytic sets as "projective" sets.