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On the geometry of algebraic varieties

Gergen Mathematics lecture Christopher Hacon
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
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3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Christopher Hacon (University of Utah, Mathematics)
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Gergen Lectures Math Seminar

Algebraic varieties are geometric objects defined by polynomial equations. The minimal model program (MMP) is an ambitious program that aims to classify algebraic varieties. According to the MMP, there are 3 building blocks: Fano varieties, Calabi-Yau varieties and varieties of general type which are higher dimensional analogs of Riemann Surfaces of genus 0,1 or at least 2 respectively. In this talk I will recall the general features of the MMP and discuss recent advances in our understanding of varieties of general type.