Classics in Geometry and Topology

Winter 2007. Class MW(F)2.15-3.15 in ECON106.


Course description

This is a graduate literature seminar intended for students studying algebraic or geometric topology or symplectic, algebraic, or differential geometry. Students will read and lecture on original papers in geometry and topology. Each student will present three papers during the quarter—the first papers should be chosen from the list of suggestions below, but later papers may follow students’ interests. Students should read all the papers we cover, not just those on which they are speaking.


Course information

Here is a list of suggested papers.

And here is the course schedule.


Contact information

Christopher Douglas
Room: 382C
Phone: 723-7173
Email: cdouglas
Office Hours: After class MWF3.15-3.45 I will meet with the student who has just presented, unless there is a conflict. My general office hours are M3.45-5 and W12.45-2.



This seminar owes a lot to the seminar that Dan Kan began and ran for many years, and more specifically to the current version of it organized by Haynes Miller.