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2:00pm [2:30pm] A. Muhammed Uludag, Galatasaray University, Istambul
Title: Jimm, a fundamental involution Abstract: Dyer's outer automorphism of PGL(2,Z) induces an involution of the real line, which behaves very much like a kind of modular function. It has some striking properties: it preserves the set of quadratic irrationals sending them to each other in a non-trivial way and commutes with the Galois action on this set. It restricts to an highly non-trivial involution of the set unit of norm +1 of quadratic number fields. It conjugates the Gauss continued fraction map to the so-called Fibonacci map. It preserves harmonic pairs of numbers inducing a duality of Beatty partitions of N. It induces a subtle symmetry of Lebesgue's measure on the unit interval. On the other hand, it has jump discontinuities at rationals though its derivative exists almost everywhere and vanishes almost everywhere. In the talk, I plan to show how this involution arises from a special automorphism of the infinite trivalent tree

4:00pm [4:00pm] Dr. M. Manjunath
Title: Tropical Algebraic Geometry: an Introduction. Tropical algebraic geometry is in the interface of algebraic and polyhedral geometry with applications to both these topics. We start with a gentle introduction to tropical algebraic geometry. We then focus on the tropical lifting problem and discuss recent progress. Tropical analogues of graph curves play an important role in this study. Please note: 1. Dr. Manjunath is a faculty candidate. 2. The talk will be via skype