# Configuration spaces in topology and geometry

#### by Craig Westerland

Institution: University of Melbourne
Date: Tue 11th October 2011
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Russell Love Theatre, Richard Berry building

Abstract: Configuration spaces of points in $$R^n$$ give a family of interesting geometric objects. They and their variants have numerous applications in geometry, topology, representation theory, and number theory. In this talk, we will review several of these manifestations (for instance, as moduli spaces, function spaces, and the like), and use them to address certain conjectures in number theory regarding distributions of number fields.