# Singularities in Geometry and Topology—Strasbourg 2009

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*Vincent Blanlœil; Toru Ohmoto*

A publication of the European Mathematical Society

This volume arises from the Fifth Franco-Japanese Symposium on
Singularities, held in Strasbourg in August 2009. The conference
brought together an international group of researchers, mainly from
France and Japan, working on singularities in algebraic geometry,
analytic geometry and topology. The conference also featured the JSPS
Forum on Singularities and Applications, which aimed to introduce some
recent applications of singularity theory to physics and
statistics.

This book contains research papers and short lecture notes on
advanced topics on singularities. Some surveys on applications that
were presented at the JSPS Forum are also included. Among the topics
covered are splice surface singularities, \(b\)-functions,
equisingularity, degenerating families of Riemann surfaces, hyperplane
arrangements, mixed singularities, jet schemes, noncommutative
blow-ups, characteristic classes of singular spaces, and applications
to geometric optics, cosmology, and learning theory.

Graduate students who wish to learn about various approaches to
singularities, as well as experts in the field and researchers in
other areas of mathematics and science, will find the contributions to
this volume a rich source for further study and research.

A publication of the European Mathematical Society. Distributed within the Americas by the American Mathematical Society.

#### Readership

Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in various approaches to singularities.