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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Ternary Geometry III

Topological field theory enthusiasts like extending the 1-categorical constructions to the world of 2-categories. A candidate source category is then a category of spaces with boundaries which themselves have boundaries. That is, the vertices are the objects, the edges the 1-arrows and surfaces 2-arrows. In the world of ternary geometry this brings to mind the three levels of the generalised Euler characteristics, which were seen as cubed root of unity analogues to the alternating signs that occur in the world of 2. Since the boundary of a boundary is not necessarily empty, it makes more sense to look at the cubic relation $D^3 = 0$ than the usual homological $D^2 = 0$ of duality. Since the latter arises from a fundamental categorical concept, namely monads, one would like to understand the ternary categorical construction. This is why M Theory looks at ternary structures such as Loday's algebras and higher dimensional monads.

4 Comments:

Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Thanks for the mention in your Wednesday talk. You have more than earned a paid trip to the Science Hostel (more bout that soon).

April 21, 2008 8:15 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

Wow, a trip to Hawaii would be fantastic!!! With winter coming here it is especially appealing. Blog posts are thin at present because I am working on a proposal myself.

April 22, 2008 7:30 PM  
Anonymous a quantum diaries survivor said...

Hi Kea,

I was about to write here st like "where the hell are you ?" but then I realized the answer was right there (the above comment).

Well then, good luck with your proposal! I myself have been unable to blog much lately because of preparations of a workshop on dark matter. One needs some rest every once in a while!

Cheers,
T.

April 23, 2008 9:27 AM  
Blogger kneemo said...

Yes, this takes us back to the extended modular operads discussed in math/0610048. These types of maths seem to drive the machinery behind QG.

April 24, 2008 8:19 PM  

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