Steve Vickers: Talks

Talks

"Spectral bundles as fibrations and opfibrations" (given 14 December 2012 at the 1st Workshop on Quantum Toposophy, Radbout University Nijmegen) - explains how the contrasting "contravariant" and "covariant" topos approaches to quantum theory can be understood more generally in a bundle picture using opfibrations and fibrations, and presents a general result showing that both classes are preserved by geometric constructions such as the valuation locale (a point-free topological analogue of the Giry monad). Video by the Oxford Quantum Talks Archive.

A three-part tutorial on "Formal Topology and Geomeric Logic" (4th Workshop on Formal Topology, Ljubljana, June 2012):

  1. "Space = geometric theory"
  2. "Map = geometric transformation of points to points"
  3. "Bundle = geometric transformation of points to spaces"

"Bundles" (video by the Oxford Quantum Talks Archive; talk given at the Bellairs McGill-Oxford Workshop on Quantum and Classical Information Flow, Bellairs, 9-14th April 2011) - explains how the idea of bundle can be used to introduce toposes (sheaves as fibrewise discrete bundles), and how geometricity is a general condition for reasoning to work fibrewise; relates these ideas to topos approaches to quantum foundations.

"The fibrewise Vietoris hyperspace" (given 13 December 2010 at the Workshop on Modal Logic and Stone Duality, Amsterdam) - explains how the Vietoris powerlocale can be generalized to a construction fibrewise on localic bundles, and how it relies on the constructivity (topos-valid + geometric) of the Vietoris powerlocale: thus constructive reasoning has a classical payoff.

"Arithmetic universes as generalized spaces" (given 27 November 2010 at the Peripatetic Seminar on Sheaves and Logic PSSL91, Amsterdam) - a presentation of the ideas in "An induction principle for consequence in arithmetic universes". An earlier presentation, "Surviving without function types: Life in an arithmetic universe" was given 22 June 2010 at the International Category Theory Conference CT2010, Genova.

"Aspects of geometric logic" (given 12 November 2010 at the Workshop on Logic, Categories and Semantics, Bordeaux) - gives a broad survey of geometric logic and its unique selling points. Written up as "Continuity is Geometricity".

"Points in geometric point-free topology" (given 6 September 2010 at the Workshop on Constructive Topology, Palermo) - explains how geometricity makes it possible to reason validly about point-free spaces in terms of their points.

"Quantum Topos Theory (given 28 March - 1 April 2010 at the Midland Graduate School in Foundations of Computer Science) - a series of 4 lectures with exercise classes to give a conceptual overview of toposes, quantum theory and the topos approach to quantum theory.

"Geometricity" (given 3rd December 2009 at the Department of Computing, Imperial College) - outlines how geometricity relates to fibrewise point-free topology.

"The Topos Approach in the Qubit Case" (given 18th December 2008 at the 3rd QNET Workshop, Edinburgh) - outlines how the topos approach to quantum mechanics (Imperial, Nijmegen) might be varied to take into account the topology on the space of classical contexts, with illustration from the qubit case.

"Aspects of Topology" (Departmental Seminar, School of Computer Science, University of Brimingham) - Introduces topology and some of its application in theoretical computer science in the "point-free" form, and then leads on to toposes and a novel use (Imperial, Nijmegen) in the formulation of quantum mechanics.

"On the Trail of the Formal Topos" - Advances in Constructive Topology and Logical Foundations, Padua 8-11 October 2008. Discusses routes for extracting predicative content from topos theory.

"Locales via Bundles" - Sheaves in Geometry and Quantum Theory, Nijmegen 3-5 Spetember 2008; slightly briefer version (video by the Oxford Quantum Talks Archive) given at Categories, Logic and Physics, Oxford, 23-24 August 2008. Introduces locales through the idea of bundles, with reference to the topos approaches to quantum theory.

"Fuzzy Sets and Geometric Logic" - 29th Linz Seminar on Fuzzy Set Theory: Foundations of Lattice-Valued Mathematics with Applications to Algebra and Topology, Linz 12-16 February 2008. Explains sheaf accounts of fuzzy sets in terms of geometric logic.

"Schemas as Toposes" - Open University on 2nd July 2002.

I can also provide lecture notes for research seminars I gave in 2003-4 (primarily for PhD students) on Category Theory and "Topology via Logic".

The first series was on Category Theory, and comprised lectures I gave at Imperial introducing categories as part of an MSc module on Mathematical Structures for Computer Science.

The second series developed the ideas of my book Topology via Logic (Cambridge University Press 1989, ISBN 0 521 36062 5 and 0 521 57651 2), which was an introduction to topology and its use in computer science.
In many ways the lectures followed the book, but they went beyond it in bringing out the deep relationship with constructive logic.