Course page for Literacy Seminar in Geometry and Topology, Fall 2013.

I am a Professor in the Geometry Research Group of the Mathematics Department, University of Texas, Austin.

I am interested in the interface between representation theory, algebraic geometry and mathematical physics. One focus of my current research is a new approach, joint with David Nadler to the representation theory of real and complex Lie groups built from a combination of the geometric Langlands program, topological field theory and derived algebraic geometry. Another program I am working on, joint with Tom Nevins, applies noncommutative geometry, in particular the geometry of differential operators, to questions concerning integrable systems. I am also interested in the applications of algebraic structures coming from physics (such as conformal field theory and vertex algebras) to the geometry of moduli spaces. This is the subject of my work with my advisor Edward Frenkel; check out our book Vertex Algebras and Algebraic Curves.

My other collaborators are Indranil Biswas, Matt Szczesny (my academic brother), Reimundo Heluani, John Francis, Sam Gunningham, David Helm, David Jordan, Anatoly Preygel, Jonathan Block, Nigel Higson, Adrien Brochier, Andrew Blumberg and Aaron Royer.

My current graduate students are Lee Cohn, Iordan Ganev, Hendrik Orem and Pavel Safronov. My former graduate students are Parker Lowrey (Ph.D. 2010) and Carl Mautner (Ph.D. 2010).

Slides for lecture at Luminy, July 2012

- Mirror Symmetry and Hodge Theory: six-part Perspectives in Geometry lecture series by Tony Pantev (U. Penn)
- The Fundamental Lemma - a gentle introduction to the ideas surrounding Ngo's proof of the Fundamental Lemma
- Index Theory and K-Homology - a beautiful four-part Perspectives in Geometry Lecture Series by Nigel Higson (Penn State).

- GRASP (Geometry, Representations, And Some Physics)
-- an electronic source
for expository streaming--video lectures, notes, and references for
beginning graduate students (funded by an NSF CAREER grant).
[Not to be confused with Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets and
other GRASP pages]
- My
Geometric Langlands page
contains various links to introductory lectures, survey
papers, notes and other references
for the geometric Langlands program and related areas.
- GRASP notes page,
containing a (growing) collection of lecture notes, including many on geometric Langlands topics.
- Publications and
Preprints and
Annotated Bibliography (see also the
arXiv search for my papers.)
- My outdated Math Page contains some informal essays and links.

I miss the nuance of the old topos.

* Sunrise on Io by David Ben-Zvi and Paul Burchard.
Copyright 1993 by
The Geometry Center,
University of Minnesota. Used with
permission.
*

More cool fractal pictures I helped make at the Geometry Center

Our Himalayan Adventure, David and friends in Himachal and Ladakh 2003

Click here for some old pictures.

I am an avid movie fan. Check out some lists of movies I've seen.

Some quotes collected from my U.of Chicago Honors Calculus class.

Image from Outside In:

[Copyright © Summer 1992 by The Geometry Center, Univerity of Minnesota. All rights reserved - see more info]

Department of Mathematics University of Texas, Austin Office 10.168 (512)471-8151 benzvi@math.utexas.edu

Created: Feb 19 1996 --- Last modified: August 25 2007