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Topology Festival

We wish to thank the participants for making the 50th Cornell Topology Festival a success. Please visit CornellCast for video of the talks. We hope you will also enjoy our photo collection. While there will be no Topology Festival in 2013, planning has begun for a conference celebrating the continuing influence of Bill Thurston on the field of mathematics.

What's next? The mathematical legacy of Bill Thurston
June 23–27, 2014

This conference will celebrate the profound influence of Bill Thurston’s work on the entire mathematical community. Thurston made fundamental contributions to topology, geometry, and dynamical systems. But beyond these specific accomplishments he introduced new ways of thinking about and of seeing mathematics. He discovered connections between disciplines which led to the creation of entirely new fields.

The goal of this meeting is to bring together mathematicians from a broad spectrum of areas to describe recent advances and explore future directions motivated by Thurston’s transformative ideas. More information will be posted on the conference web site.


The Topology Festival gratefully acknowledges the continuous support of the National Science Foundation since the Festival’s inception. Special thanks to Jarke van Wijk for designing the logo for the 50th in SeifertView (still displayed above). We also thank Acme Klein Bottle, purveyors of “the finest closed, non-orientable, boundary-free manifolds sold anywhere in our three spatial dimensions,” for donating a prize every year for the past twelve years.