Entrance hall of the ICMSMatrix factorisations and related topics

In July 2017, ICMS was delighted to  hosted a workshop on Matrix factorisations and related topics.

Dirac used matrix factorisations in his seminal work on the electron (1920s).  Since then matrix factorisations have percolated deep into many areas of mathematics and theoretical physics.  They underpin many of the modern advances in algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, noncommutative geometry and string theory, and the aim of this workshop is to bring together some of the leading experts in these areas, and to provide a forum in which to discuss some of the latest developments.

Delegates from the Matrix factorisations and related topics, Edinburgh, July 2017

This workshop was our last before a well earned break for the month of August.  There was a ceilidh. (with a dance relating the workshop theme), a public lecture, a poster sessoin as well as series of talks and mathematical discussions.  Here is a link a video of the dance in question, and below is a photo of the matrix transformation governing our dance moves.  If you look carefully in the video you can see the matrix written on the blackboard behind the musicians.  Music was provided by the excellent Science Ceilidh Band

 

Ceilidh Dance Matrix Inspiration!



Michael Wemyss, giving the public lecture,   What is Modern Geometry?  

For those of you have visited ICMS this year, you will be aware that we currently have the exhibitoin Women of Mathematics Throughout Europe, A Gallery of Portraits. This week the workshop was joined by one of the mathematicians featured in the exhibition.  Our resident photographer was keen to capture the event.

Karin Baur with her portrait