Torsion invariants of 3-manifolds
Mon, Jan 20, 2003
University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
PIMS Distinguished Chair Lectures
This series of six lectures is intended for a general audience. The aim of the lectures is to survey the theory of torsions of 3-dimensional manifolds. The torsions were introduced by Kurt Reidemeister in 1935 to give a topological classification of lens spaces. Recent interest in torsions is due to their connections with the Seiberg-Witten invariants of 4-manifolds and the Floer-type homology of 3-manifolds. The lectures will cover the above topics.