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Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:30pm
The Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that Igor Dolgachev from the University of Michigan will give a special 100th* anniversary Oliver club talk. This talk will be related to the J.I. Hutchinson's October 10, 1898 talk "On the Hessians of cubic surfaces".
* counting in base 11.
Kummer surfaces: 200 years of study
Kummer surfaces are omnipresent in topology, differential geometry,
number theory, algebraic geometry, and string theory. Numerous
beautiful computer images and sculpture models of Kummer surfaces can be found on the Internet. In my talk I will briefly review the history of their discovery that originates from the work of Augustin-Jean Fresnel in 1821 on the wave surface describing the propagation of light in biaxial crystals. Then I will discuss later and current progress in the study of Kummer surfaces. One of the major actors in this story is Professor John Irwin Hutchinson who was on the faculty at Cornell in 1894-1935.