Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Geometry and Physics of F-Theory

February 24-27, 2014

Accompanying Lecture Series

The Partnership Mathematics and Physics is happy to announce the

First Heidelberg Lecture Series in Mathematics and Physics

David Morrison (UC Santa Barbara)


Families of elliptic curves with applications to physics

Time and venue of the 10 lectures:

Feb 17 – 21, 2014, 11:15 – 13:00 h AND 14:30 – 16:00 h
INF 226, 00.101-103 (Physikalisches Institut)

The series is aimed at advanced undergraduate and graduate students of physics and mathematics. Postdocs and faculty members are welcome to attend. 
Please send an email to if you are going to attend the lectures (no further registration required).


These lectures will cover both the mathematics of elliptic fibrations and the physics of F-theory in some detail. In order to make the lectures as accessible to as broad an audience as possible, the mathematical side of the story will focus on giving careful definitions and clear statements of results but with essentially no proofs in the lectures, while the physical side of the story will concentrate on mathematical aspects of F-theory and will downplay physical reasoning. The series will begin with two introductory/review lectures, the first on the basics of algebraic curves of genus one over a field of characteristic zero (aimed at physicists), and the second on the five string theories, M-theory, F-theory and duality (aimed at mathematicians).

Videos of Lecture Series

The video of lecture 4 is not avialable due to technical problems.