Columbia Mathematics Department Colloquium


Min-max Theory and the Willmore Conjecture


Andre Neves

Imperial College



In 1965, T. J. Willmore conjectured that the integral of the
square of the mean curvature of a torus immersed in space is at least
2pi^2. I will talk about my recent work with Fernando Marques and
explain how this conjecture follows from the min-max theory for
minimal surfaces.


Tuesday, December 4th, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Mathematics 417

Tea will be served at 4:30 p.m.