CMSA Math-Science Literature Lecture: Isadore Singer’s Work on Analytic Torsion

04/06/2021 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Edward Witten (IAS)

TitleIsadore Singer’s Work on Analytic Torsion

Abstract:  I will review two famous papers of Ray and Singer on analytic torsion written approximately half a century ago. Then I will sketch the influence of analytic torsion in a variety of areas of physics including anomalies, topological field theory, and string theory.

This talk is part of a subprogram of the Mathematical Science Literature Lecture series, a Memorial Conference for the founders of index theory: Atiyah, Bott, Hirzebruch, and Singer.

Talk chair: Cumrun Vafa

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