Yau's Public Meeting

Professor Shing-Tung Yau Presentation and Book Signing

When: Dec 19, 5:30-6:20pm
Where: 6A-415, Sixth Lecture Building (六教), Tsinghua University

Have you ever wondered how the space we live in looks like at a miniature scale? It is not as flat or simple as we thought in the past! An ordinary point to the naked eye is a 6-dimensional Calabi-Yau manifold.

Come and join a special hour with Professor Shing-Tung Yau to explore “The Shape of Inner Space”! Prof S. T. Yau recently wrote a book with this title. You will hear him speak on this topic. He will be answering questions and signing books after the presentation. This is a unique opportunity to interact with one of the leading mathematicians of the world.

Fields Medalist Simon Donaldson said, "The Shape of Inner Space has a distinctive style: in part autobiography, in part an account of developments in geometric analysis and string theory over the past 40 years, and comments on future directions. It gives a unique insight into the thoughts of one of the most important and influential mathematicians of our times."

For more details about the book "The shape of inner space", please visit

http://www.shapeofinnerspace.com/

http://www.doctoryau.com/

ABSTRACT:

I'd like to talk about how mathematics and physics can come together to the benefit of both fields, particularly in the case of Calabi-Yau spaces and string theory--our leading attempt to explain the universe to date. I will discuss my personal introduction to geometry, as well as a bit of the history of geometry too.

In so doing, I hope to give people a sense of how mathematicians think and approach the world. I also want people to realize that mathematics does not have to be a wholly abstract discipline, disconnected from everyday phenomena, but is instead crucial to our understanding of the physical world.