Birational Classification of Algebraic Varieties


I spoke at the Leonardo museum in March, 2017 as part of their Math Medley event. The purpose of this 15-minute talk was to help introduce a non-mathematical audience to pure math research by discussing one of the big open problems in algebraic geometry. In particular, I tried to convey that lots of math research is going on to this day. I also tried to demonstrate that, though it may look complicated and esoteric, modern math research is still trying to answer some basic and very natural questions.

The Leonardo Museum, SLC, UT