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Mathematics & Statistics

Nicas, Andrew J.

Professor, Ph.D. (Princeton)

nicasDept. of Mathematics & Statistics, McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario,
Canada L8S 4K1
905-525-9140, ext. 23427
905-522-0935 (fax)


nicas@mcmaster.ca

Office: HH/310

Website: http://www.math.mcmaster.ca/andy/Nicas.html

Research

Research Area: Geometry & Topology

Research Profile: Topology and geometry
Geometry is the study of shapes and spaces. Most people are aware of the standard objects of Euclidean geometry: lines, circles, polygons, and of familiar notions such as angles, parallel lines, and congruent figures. In its modern form geometry has a much wider scope, reaching into higher dimensions and encompassing a broad range of current ideas. The subject of Topology is concerned with those features of geometry which remain unchanged after twisting, stretching or other deformations of a geometrical space. It includes such problems as colouring maps, distinguishing knots, classifying surfaces and their higher dimensional analogs. The influence of topology is also important in other mathematical disciplines such as dynamical systems, algebraic geometry (the study of polynomial equations in many variables) and certain aspects of analysis and combinatorics.

My research in recent years has focused on the study of the topology of manifolds and cell complexes by means of algebraic K-theory, pseudoisotopy theory, gauge theory, and representation theory.

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Mailing Address

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
McMaster University

Hamilton Hall, Room 218
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.27034
Undergrad Email Inquiries:
undergrad@math.mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
McMaster University

Hamilton Hall, Room 218
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.27034
Undergrad Email Inquiries:
undergrad@math.mcmaster.ca