Speaker 1: Patrick Naylor, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo
"Handles and Kirby diagrams"
Ever wanted to represent a manifold with a diagram? Via several examples, this talk will explain how low dimensional manifolds and the relationships between them can be described by Kirby diagrams. We will review the necessary Morse theory to describe handle decompositions, and then use this to draw many pictures.
Speaker 2: Jason d'Eon, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo
Title and abstract: TBA