Low Dimensional Topology

November 26, 2013

What’s Next? A conference in question form

Mark your calendars now: in June 2014, Cornell University will host “What’s Next? The mathematical legacy of Bill Thurston”.  It looks like it will be a very exciting event, see the (lightly edited) announcement from the organizers below the fold.

Conference banner

The Thurston Legacy Conference Organizers write:

The conference “What’s Next? The mathematical legacy of Bill Thurston.” will be held at Cornell University from Monday, June 23rd-Friday, June 27th, 2014.

Bill Thurston made fundamental contributions to topology, geometry, and dynamical systems. But beyond these specific accomplishments he introduced new ways of thinking about and of seeing mathematics that have had a profound influence on the entire mathematical community. He discovered connections between disciplines that led to the creation of entirely new fields. The goal of this meeting is to bring together mathematicians from a broad spectrum of areas to describe recent advances and explore future directions motivated by Thurston’s transformative ideas.

The program will feature talks by Ian Agol, Mladen Bestvina, Michel Boileau, Danny Calegari, Benson Farb, Etienne Ghys, Rick Kenyon, Francois Labourie, Tan Lei, Vlad Markovic, Dusa McDuff, Curtis McMullen, John Milnor, Yair Minsky, Yi Ni, Alan Reid, Mitsuhiro Shishikura, Dennis Sullivan, Jeffrey Weeks, Anna Wienhard, Dani Wise, and Anton Zorich.

Additional activities will include a mathematical film festival, a presentation by Kelly Delp about her work with Thurston on constructing models of surfaces, software presentations by Nathan Dunfield and Rich Schwarz, exhibits of digital artwork and mathematical models, curated by Sarah Koch and Dylan Thurston, a public lecture by Jeff Weeks and a panel discussion on the topic of communicating mathematics.

The website for the Conference is http://www.math.cornell.edu/~thurston/.

Registration for the Conference will open January 2014 and the website will provide additional information on housing options, conference social activities, and other information about  the Ithaca area.

We anticipate that some financial support will be available to help with travel and accommodation expenses.  Information on this and the form for requesting support will be available when registration opens in January. Young researchers and underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

General inquiries should be addressed to ThurstonLegacyConference2014@math.cornell.edu

We look forward to seeing you in Ithaca!

Thurston Legacy Conference Organizers

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