Minerva Lectures at Princeton University | |

Topic: | I: Geometry and dynamics on hyperbolic surfaces |

Speaker: | Maryam Mirzakhani |

Affiliation: | Stanford University; Member, School of Mathematics |

Date: | Monday, November 9 |

Time/Room: | 4:30pm - 5:30pm/McDonnell A02, Princeton University |

The first lecture will give some background on the geometry and dynamics on hyperbolic surfaces. I will give a brief overview of Teichmüller theory and properties of the mapping class groups and the space of geodesic currents. I will discuss some natural actions of the mapping class group. I will formulate some basic questions and explain some of the ideas used for studying these objects.