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# CMSA Math-Science Literature Lecture: Michael Atiyah: Geometry and Physics

## December 4, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

**Nigel Hitchin** (University of Oxford)

**Title**: Michael Atiyah: Geometry and Physics

**Abstract**: In mid-career, as an internationally renowned mathematician, Michael Atiyah discovered that some problems in physics responded to current work in algebraic geometry and this set him on a path to develop an active interface between mathematics and physics which was formative in the links which are so active today. The talk will focus, in a fairly basic fashion, on some examples of this interaction, which involved both applying physical ideas to solve mathematical problems and introducing mathematical ideas to physicists.

*Talk chair: Peter Kronheimer*