Billiards in polygons can exhibit some bizarre behavior, some of which can be explained by deep connections to several seemingly unrelated branches of mathematics. These include algebraic geometry (and in particular Hodge theory), Teichmuller theory and ergodic theory on homogeneous spaces. I will attempt to give a gentle introduction to the subject. A large part of this talk will be accessible to undergraduates.
Thu, 18/05/2017 - 14:30 to 15:30
Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem