Abstracts
for the Seminar

Spring 2015

**Speaker: **Eric Katz, University of Waterloo

**Title: **Hodge theory in combinatorics

**Time:** 2:30 PM, Monday, April 20

**Place:** Malott 206

**Abstract:** Three important theorems in algebraic geometry, the hard Lefschetz theorem, the Hodge-Riemann bilinear relations, and the Hodge index theorem constrain the topology of algebraic variety. I will discuss two applications of these theorems to combinatorics: Stanley's g-theorem on the face numbers of polytopes and the Huh-Katz proof of the log-concavity of the characteristic of a representable matroid. I will try to find common ground between these theorems by relating them to Stanley-Reisner rings situate them in a broader combinatorial theory. I may also mention recent work with Karim Adiprasito and June Huh.

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