On December 6 – 9, IHES will host the conference “Riemannian Geometry: Past, Present and Future: an homage to Marcel Berger”.
Organised by Pierre Bérard (Université Grenoble Alpes), Gérard Besson (CNRS & Université Grenoble Alpes) and Pierre Pansu (Université Paris-Sud), three of his former students, the conference will constitute a special tribute to Marcel Berger, a differential geometer and the IHES director between 1985 and 1993.
Marcel Berger’s contributions to mathematics are important and diverse. His thesis permitted the classification of holonomy groups of Riemannian, non-locally symmetric manifolds, that had an important impact during the 1990s on theoretical physics. He is also to be credited for the ¼ pinching sphere theorem.
But his contributions to mathematics go far beyond his research results: he also inspired the several young mathematicians who had the chance to be among his students and, through his books, he helped clarify some key concepts in differential geometry. The seminars on Riemannian geometry that he organized during the 1970s and 1980s at Paris VII were an important occasion for informal exchanges between more experienced and young researchers. He had a fundamental influence on the round tables organized by his friend Arthur L. Besse
Taking place over four days, the conference will gather some of the most important personalities in Riemannian geometry and it will also be an occasion to define its current state of the art and to think of its possible future developments.
Registration is free but compulsory.
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