Chow Groups, Motives, and Derived Categories

scarry-pieThis workshop begins tomorrow, March 9th, at the Institute for Advanced Study. The schedule of talks is posted here (linked from “Agenda”).

One theme of the workshop is the Chow group of algebraic cycles on an algebraic variety, and the related concept of motives. A recent advance is the application of Chow groups to birational geometry, for example showing that very general quartic 3-folds are not stably rational. The workshop also covers derived categories of algebraic varieties, which also have exciting interactions with birational geometry.

The Saturday after the workshop is “Pi Day” in Princeton — that is, in the American style of writing dates: 3/14/15. There are events in town for children and adults.

Drawing by Richard Scarry.

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