Content: The "What is ...?" seminar is a 30-minute weekly seminar that concisely introduces terms and ideas that are fundamental to certain fields of mathematics but may not be familiar in others.
The vast mathematical landscape in Berlin welcomes mathematicians with diverse backgrounds to work side by side, yet their paths often only cross within their individual research groups. To encourage interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration, the "What is ...?" seminar attempts to initiate contact by introducing essential vocabulary and foundational concepts of the numerous fields represented in Berlin. The casual atmosphere of the seminar invites the audience to ask many questions and the speakers to experiment with their presentation styles.
The location of the seminar rotates among the Urania, FU, TU, and HU. On the weeks when a BMS Friday takes place, the "What is ...?" seminar topic is arranged to coincide with the Friday talk acting as an introductory talk for the BMS Friday Colloquium. For a schedule of the talks and their locations, check the website. The website is updated frequently throughout the semester.
The "What is ...?" seminars are usually held before the BMS Friday seminar to complement the topic of the talk.
Audience: Anybody interested in mathematics is invited to attend the "What is ...?" seminars. This includes Bachelors, Masters, Diplom, and PhD students from any field, as well as researchers like Post-Docs. Requirements: The speakers assume that the audience has at least a general knowledge of graduate-level mathematics.