Subject: More detail
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 12:18:50 +1100 (EST)
From: Amnon Neeman
To: amnon.neeman@anu.edu.au
Dear Colleagues,
A number of people asked for more detail about the topology
conference, to help them decide if they want to come. Stupid
of me not to include this in the last message.
The format follows a suggestion of Andrew Ranicki's. Ranicki
pointed out that there are very many topology conferences, but
almost none which attempt to cover topology broadly. No conference
includes low dimensional topology, high dimensional topology and
homotopy theory. [Ranicki went on to say that he has never been
to a conference where the homotopy theorists tried to talk to
anyone else. These were not his actual words. It is my toned-down
version.]
Presuming all goes well with the funding, this conference will
attempt to cover topology broadly. We will try to have not only
high and low dimensional geometric topology and homotopy theory,
but will also try to cover K-theory and the topology that comes
up in mathematical physics. The plenary talks will give homotopy
theorists a chance to convince the rest of the topology world that
their subject is alive and thriving, and has seen some progress
recently [I am using homotopy theory purely for illustration here;
the same holds for all the other branches of topology]. Then there
will be special sessions for the various fields.
Yours, Amnon