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Tropical Geometry and Why You Should Care

Speaker: 
Benjamin Smith
Date/Time: 
Tue, 21/02/2017 - 12:00
Room: 
Queens W206

Tropical Geometry arose in the late 90s as a way to studying algebraic geometry as polyhedra. However, it made news headlines in 2007 when economist Paul Klemperer used it to design an auction to protect banks and building societies against the financial crisis. Since then, it has found huge applications in multiple disciplines including combinatorics, game theory and, unsurprisingly, algebraic geometry. We'll give a quick introduction to the subject then focus on a couple of applications it has in others.