# The geometry and combinatorics of Gromov-Witten theory

*Algebra/Geometry/Topology Seminar*

*by Norman Do*

*Institution:*University of Melbourne

*Date: Fri 4th November 2011*

*Time: 3:15 PM*

*Location: 213 Richard Berry*

*Abstract*: Gromov-Witten theory is about counting the number of maps

from algebraic curves of fixed topology to some target space. For some

simple choices of target space, we see some beautiful combinatorics

enter the theory. In this talk, I will give an intuitive introduction

to Gromov-Witten theory, show the interplay between the geometry and

combinatorics, and ask some questions that I would like to know the

answer to.