General Relativity has always fascinated me; it is probably one of the main reasons why I decided to study mathematics and physics, and it is definitely an important reason for studying Differential Geometry and Geometric Analysis, even if my research is not focused in Einstein's equations. Why is it so fascinating? Well, that's what I am going to explain on Friday, in the Graduate Student Seminar (1pm-2pm, Surge 284, UCR). But in case you can not make it, let me explain you a few things about relativity.
The Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach is an international research center situated in the German Black Forest. It has one of the best mathematical libraries in the world, and is famous for their seminars, conferences, and mathematical gatherings.
The first time I heard about MFO was when I collaborated with the Exhibition Imaginary/BCN, in Barcelona; this exhibition started in MFO, after Herwig Hauser created a series of beautiful pictures of algebraic surfaces with interesting mathematical structures, with the goal to catch the attention of prospective PhD students; later, the pictures became part of a very nice exhibition, that has already travelled to many cities from around the world!
It was a big surprise when I saw that the director of the MFO, Professor Gerhard Huisken, together with Professor Simon Brendle (from Stanford University), organized one of the Oberwolfach Seminars on Singularity Analysis for Geometric Flows, a topic in which I am very interested (it is essentially the field of my PhD thesis). So I didn't doubt about it, and I showed my interest in attending the seminar.