### Slides and Pictures from the Kickoff Meeting

Listening to 33 math talks within 2 times 6 hours is certainly a unique experience. If you missed the event, you may enjoy the slides of the talks: All Slides for Download

SPP 2026 - Geometry at Infinity

The German Mathematical Society (DMV) offers twice a year the „Gauß Lecture“, an overview lecture with a well-known mathematician. The lecture is intended to show current developments in mathematics and addresses the interested public. At this link is the chronicle of previous lectures. The last of this years lectures has been given by Cédric Villani at … Continue reading "Gauß in Regensburg"

Always wondered what the work of the 2016 Nobel prize laureates might have to do with topology? This recent video from Fan Zhang may give a first idea:

Why is the definition of higher homotopy groups the “right one”? Why is there no symplectic version of spectral geometry? Pullback and homology Is this generalization of Borsuk-Ulam true? Roots of unity Vandermonde matrix is totally positive Why are free objects “free”? Does there exist any non-contractible manifold with fixed point property?

Today, there was the Séminaire Bourbaki, which takes place every four months in Paris. The list of the talks can be found here. Interesting from the point of view „Geometry at Infinity“ was especially the talk of Olivier Guichard regarding work of Kapovich-Leeb-Porti and Labourie on convex-cocompact groups in higher rank symmetric spaces: Another talk … Continue reading "Séminare Bourbaki: Convex-cocompactness in higher rank"

Zimmer’s conjecture aims to extend Margulis’ superrigidity theorem to a nonlinear setting. Except for actions on the circle there has not been much progress in the last 35 years. A new preprint of Brown-Fisher-Hurtado and its predecessor are now settling the conjecture for finite index subgroups of \(SL(n,{\mathbb Z})\) and cocompact lattices in \(SL(n,{\mathbb R})\). … Continue reading "What’s new on the ArXiv: Zimmer’s conjecture for actions of SL(m,Z)"

Is there a geometric interpretation for Reidemeister torsion?

Vladimir Voevodsky – one of the most influential mathematicians of the last decades – deceased yesterday at the age of only 51 years.

Open subsets of Euclidean space in dimension 5 and higher admitting exotic smooth structures

This week there was the workshop “Non-positively curved groups and spaces” in Regensburg.

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