Periods, Galois theory and particle physics: General introduction to periods

Gergen Lectures Seminar

Francis Brown (All Souls College Oxford)

Monday, March 21, 2016 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Physics 128

A period is a certain kind of complex number which can be written as an integral of algebraic quantities. Kontsevich and Zagier conjectured that all identities between periods can be obtained from the elementary rules of calculus. After discussing several examples I will focus on the case of multiple zeta values which were first introduced in a special case by Euler, and now occur in numerous branches of mathematics. They satisfy many families of relations which are the subject of several open conjectures.

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