Kevin Costello gave a talk last week in one of Peter Teichner’s many seminars, explaining -algebras with a view towards his papers on topological string theory. It was the sort of talk that might have interested a lot of people, so (with Kevin’s permission), I’m posting my .pdf scanned notes here. I’ve added some physics interpretation that Kevin didn’t make explicit.

Defining -algebras

Kevin also gave a shorter talk (in a different Teichner seminar) about his characterization of the homotopy type of a moduli space of genus zero open string worldsheets. My notes here are less detailed, but maybe someone will enjoy them.

The Homotopy Type of a Certain Moduli Space of Open String Worldsheets

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Thanks for the notes AJ!

For people seeking more Costellian inspiration (which I usually am), check out the recent streaming video of his lecture “Topology in two dimensions and Frobenius algebras” at

http://www.math.utexas.edu/~benzvi/GRASP.html

and notes from five other related talks (on topological field

theory, renormalization in the BV formalism, rational homotopy theory etc) at

http://www.math.utexas.edu/~benzvi/notes.html

The original link to your n otes produced

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I think this must have been a problem with the http server. I’m currently able to download the notes from home.

I did change the location of the notes about a week ago, so if you had an outdated link saved, that could explain the problem. But clicking on the link should work.

Anyways, please let me know if the problem continues.