Topological String Theory I


(2005). Topological String Theory I. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/05010006


Topological String Theory I. Perimeter Institute, Jan. 18, 2005, https://pirsa.org/05010006


          @misc{ pirsa_PIRSA:05010006,
            doi = {10.48660/05010006},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/05010006},
            author = {},
            keywords = {Quantum Fields and Strings},
            language = {en},
            title = {Topological String Theory I},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2005},
            month = {jan},
            note = {PIRSA:05010006 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}


In these two lectures I will present on overview of topological string theory, starting with the basic concepts and continuing to the most recent developments. Aspects that will be covered are: closed and open strings, Gromov-Witten theory, matrix models, quantum crystals, and special holonomy manifolds. I will end with some more speculative thoughts about the non-perturbative definition of (topological) string theory and quantum geometry.