Spaces of positively curved Riemannian metrics

It is by now a classical topic in index theory to study on a (closed) Riemannian (spin) manifold the space of all Riemannian metrics of positive scalar curvature. We have several results showing that this space is usually highly complicated from a homotopy theoretic point of view (provided it is non-empty). Instead of studying positivity … Continue reading "Spaces of positively curved Riemannian metrics"

Large scale properties of 3-manifold groups

A week ago there was a preprint posted on the arXiv by Peter Ha√Įssinsky¬†and Cyril Lecuire about Quasi-isometric rigidity of three manifold groups (arXiv:2005.06813). Building on work by many other people, they complete the proof that the class of 3-manifold groups is quasi-isometrically rigid, meaning the following: if a finitely generated group G is quasi-isometric … Continue reading "Large scale properties of 3-manifold groups"

Banach conjecture

There was a paper today in the arXiv mailing list (arXiv:2006.00336) proving yet another case of the Banach conjecture. I never heard of this conjecture before, but it is easy to state and seems to me to be a foundational recognition principle for those Banach spaces that are actually Hilbert spaces. The conjecture was stated … Continue reading "Banach conjecture"

Shaw Prize 2020

The Shaw Prize 2020 in the Mathematical Sciences goes to Alexander Beilinson and David Kazhdan “for their huge influence on and profound contributions to representation theory, as well as many other areas of mathematics.” More information can be found here: