Cetraro, June 6-11, 2005
Prof. Marcos Marino, CERN, Geneve, Switzerland
In these set of lectures I will present the main results of the theory of the topological vertex, which computes Gromov-Witten invariants of toric Calabi-Yau threefolds. I will emphasize its physical origins and in particular the connection to Chern-Simon theory and invariants of knots.
1. An overview of Chern-Simons theory.The only prerequisite for these lectures is probably some familiariry with Gromov-Witten invariants. As for references, I will rely very much on
although my presentation will be much more mathematically oriented.
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