Wednesday September 13, 2017 4:00 PM Math Tower 5127
 Silvia Ghinassi, Jack Burkart, Stony Brook University
Organizational meetingAll are invited to discuss possible topics.

Wednesday September 20, 2017 4:00 PM Math Tower 5127
 Silvia Ghinassi, Stony Brook University
Introduction to Minimal SurfacesFirst meeting and general introduction to minimal surfaces.

Wednesday September 27, 2017 4:00 PM Math Tower 5127
 Silvia Ghinassi, Stony Brook University
Some examples of minimal surfacesWe will keep following the first chapter of ColdingMinicozzi, providing some examples of minimal surfaces. If time allows we will move on to discuss consequences of the First Variation formula.

Wednesday October 04, 2017 4:00 PM Math Tower 5127
 JinCheng Guu, Stony Brook University
Consequences of the first variation formulaWith the aim of proving Bernstein's theorem, which states that the only entire solutions to the minimal surface equation in R^2 are affine functions, we prove harmonicity of the coordinate functions, monotonicity formula of volume for minimal submanifolds and the mean value inequality.
If time allows, we will introduce the Gauss map and prove Bernstein's theorem, otherwise these will be topics for the next seminar.
Note: last time we discussed, after a brief introduction to Riemannian geometry, the minimal submanifold equation. Please take a look at the relevant examples in 1.2 in ColdingMinicozzi as they won't be covered in the seminar.

Wednesday October 11, 2017 4:00 PM Math Tower 5127
 Ben Sokolowsky, Stony Brook University
Bernstein's Theorem

Wednesday October 18, 2017 4:00 PM Math Tower 5127
 Edward Bryden, Stony Brook University
TBA

Wednesday October 25, 2017 4:00 PM Math Tower 5127
 TBA, Stony Brook University
TBA

