Title: Flexibility in contact and symplectic geometry

Date: 04/18/2019

Time: 4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Place: C304 Wells Hall

We discuss a number of $h$-principle phenomena which were recently discovered in the field of contact and symplectic geometry. In generality, an $h$-principle is a method for constructing global solutions to underdetermined PDEs on manifolds by systematically localizing boundary conditions. In symplectic and contact geometry, these strategies typically are well suited for general constructions and partial classifications. Some of the results we discuss are the characterization of smooth manifolds admitting contact structures, high dimensional overtwistedness, the symplectic classification of flexible Stein manifolds, and the construction of exotic Lagrangians in $C^n$.