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A survey of Donaldson theory. (English) Zbl 1062.81542

Mladenov, Ivaïlo M. (ed.) et al., Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on geometry, integrability and quantization, Varna, Bulgaria, June 7–15, 2000. Sofia: Coral Press Scientific Publishing (ISBN 954-90618-2-5/pbk). 33-71 (2001).
Summary: The purpose of this series of lectures is to provide an informal survey of the background in Donaldson theory required to understand the motivation behind Witten’s construction (in 1988) of the first topological quantum field theory.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 0957.00038].

MSC:

81T45 Topological field theories in quantum mechanics
81-03 History of quantum theory
01A60 History of mathematics in the 20th century
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