# MAT477: Seminar in mathematics

## Course information

Code: MAT477S

Instructor: Marco Gualtieri, office hours by appointment.

Class schedule: Th4-6 (BA6180) and R3-4 (BA1240), starting January
5th

## Evaluation

Each week, we will have three student presentations of 45 mins each. I expect each student will speak at least twice.

The evaluation will be in three parts (approximate percentages depending on number of lectures given)

- (20%) Two days before the presentation, the presenter must hand in approximately 4 pages of (ideally, clearly handwritten) lecture notes via email.
- (30%) The presentation itself will be evaluated based on clarity/pedagogy as well as knowledge/understanding.
- (25%) Participation (this means attendance and engagement, e.g. asking questions)
- (25%) Exercises from the lectures will be assigned.

## References

The main reference for this seminar will be Enumerative Geometry and String Theory, a book by Sheldon Katz published by the AMS and available in an electronic edition.

The reason I have selected this text is that it provides, with very
little required background, an introduction to the key conceptual
insights provided by string theory into enumerative geometry. The
ideas described in this book are at the heart of the subject of
*mirror symmetry*. You will be forced to learn about many topics
along the way, and much of what is in the book is dealt with in an
incomplete way, but *that is the whole point of this seminar*; it is more
about showing you what is out there rather than establishing the
foundations of enumerative geometry.

Other references for further study:

- An invitation to quantum cohomology: Kontsevich’s formula for rational plane curves, (J. Kock and I. Vainsencher)
- Introduction to Gromov-Witten Theory (S. Rose)
- Notes on stable maps and quantum cohomology (W. Fulton and R. Pandharipande)
- Gromov-Witten classes, quantum cohomology, and enumerative geometry (M. Kontsevich and Y. Manin)
- Frobenius Manifolds, Quantum Cohomology, and Moduli Spaces (Y. Manin)
- Lectures on Complex Manifolds (P. Candelas and X. De la Ossa)
- Lectures on complex geometry, Calabi-Yau manifolds and toric geometry (V. Bouchard)