Very few professional mathematicians have been involved in the “math wars”, and when they have, they have not always inspired confidence. I wondered why.
Starting from a Liouville 1-form on a surface, we have been led to 3-dimensional contact geometry, and convex surfaces. We now go in the other direction.
(Technical) We’re going to take Liouville structures and move them into 3 dimensions, to obtain contact structures.
(Technical) I’d like to show you some very nice geometry, involving some vector fields and differential forms.
In which I recall, via neurologist Oliver Sacks, some musings of Sylvester from 1877 on the limitlessness of mathematics.
In which I attempt to explain some of the ideas behind the h-principle.
On some aspects of the research funding system in the UK and Australia.
Integration is less a science and more an art form. It high time we shed some light on this lost art.