Polygonal Billiards and Dynamics on Moduli Spaces


Alex Eskin

University of Chicago

Harvard University

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Talk at 4:30 p.m. in Science Center A

Tea at 4:00 p.m. in the Math Lounge


Abstract: Billiards in polygons can exhibit some bizarre behavior, some of which can be explained by deep connections to several seemingly unrelated branches of mathematics. These include algebraic geometry (and in particular Hodge theory), Teichmuller theory and ergodic theory on homogeneous spaces. I will attempt to explain some of these connections, and to survey some recent progress in the area.


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