Proceedings of Symposia in Pure Mathematics 2003; 357 pp; hardcover Volume: 71 ISBN10: 0821835076 ISBN13: 9780821835074 List Price: US$87 Member Price: US$69.60 Order Code: PSPUM/71
 Since 1961, the Georgia Topology Conference has been held every eight years to discuss the newest developments in topology. The goals of the conference are to disseminate new and important results and to encourage interaction among topologists who are in different stages of their careers. Invited speakers are encouraged to aim their talks to a broad audience, and several talks are organized to introduce graduate students to topics of current interest. Each conference results in highquality surveys, new research, and lists of unsolved problems, some of which are then formally published. Continuing in this 40year tradition, the AMS presents this volume of articles and problem lists from the 2001 conference. Topics covered include symplectic and contact topology, foliations and laminations, and invariants of manifolds and knots. Articles of particular interest include John Etnyre's "Introductory Lectures on Contact Geometry", which is a beautiful expository paper that explains the background and setting for many of the other papers. This is an excellent introduction to the subject for graduate students in neighboring fields. Etnyre and Lenhard Ng's "Problems in LowDimensional Contact Topology" and Danny Calegari's extensive paper,"Problems in Foliations and Laminations of 3Manifolds", are carefully selected problems in keeping with the tradition of the conference. They were compiled by Etnyre and Ng and by Calegari with the input of many who were present. This book provides material of current interest to graduate students and research mathematicians interested in the geometry and topology of manifolds. Readership Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in the geometry and topology of manifolds. Table of Contents  J. Roberts  RozanskyWitten theory
 C. Connell and B. Farb  Some recent applications of the barycenter method in geometry
 S. Bigelow  The LawrenceKrammer representation
 W. H. Meeks III  Topological properties of properly embedded minimal surfaces in \(\mathbb{R}^3\)
 J. B. Etnyre  Introductory lectures on contact geometry
 V. Colin, E. Giroux, and K. Honda  On the coarse classification of tight contact structures
 P. Ghiggini and S. Schönenberger  On the classification of tight contact structures
 M. Symington  Four dimensions from two in symplectic topology
 H. U. Boden, C. M. Herald, and P. Kirk  On the integer valued SU(3) Casson invariant
 P. M. N. Feehan and T. G. Leness  On Donaldson and SeibergWitten invariants
 J. S. Carter and M. Saito  Quandle homology theory and cocycle knot invariants
 T. Li  Boundary train tracks of laminar branched surfaces
 S. Schleimer  Strongly irreducible surface automorphisms
 D. Calegari  Problems in foliations and laminations of 3manifolds
 J. B. Etnyre and L. L. Ng  Problems in low dimensional contact topology
