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The most Important Manifold in the Universe

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  • UserGeorge Long
  • ClockFriday 16 March 2018, 15:30-16:30
  • HouseMR3.

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In this (immodestly named) talk, I will be discussing a fairly tame-looking manifold: the set underlying the Lie group SO(3). We will begin with discussion of simply-connectedness and the Fundamental group, then moving onto projective representations and universal coverings. After this pure math appetizer, we will proceed to indulge ourselves with the radical consequences the topology of SO(3) has on quantum physics and the effect it has on the world we experience around us, such as how matter avoids collapsing in on itself and why chemistry actually happens.

This talk is part of the Part III Seminars series.

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