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What’s Next? the
mathematical legacy of
Bill Thurston

June 23–27, 2014


Bill Thurston made fundamental contributions to topology, geometry, and dynamical systems. But beyond these specific accomplishments he introduced new ways of thinking about and of seeing mathematics that have had a profound influence on the entire mathematical community. He discovered connections between disciplines that led to the creation of entirely new fields. This meeting brought together mathematicians from a broad spectrum of areas to describe recent advances and explore future directions motivated by Thurston’s transformative ideas.

Thanks to all who came and helped to make this a memorable event!

Invited Speakers

Invited Activities

Kelly Delp (Ithaca College) will show her work with Thurston on modeling surfaces.

Nathan Dunfield (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will demonstrate the SnapPy program.

Richard Schwartz (Brown University) will demonstrate his software for geometric visualization.

Jeff Weeks will deliver a public lecture on The Shape of Space. — software

There will be a panel discussion on the subject of Communicating Mathematics.

In addition, a film festival and digital art exhibition are planned.



We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the National Science Foundation and the GEAR Network.

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