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Adam S. Levine, Associate Professor

Adam S. Levine

My research is in low-dimensional topology, the study of the shapes of 3- and 4-dimensional spaces (manifolds) and of curves and surfaces contained therein. Classifying smooth 4-dimensional manifolds, in particular, has been a deep challenge for topologists for many decades; unlike in higher dimensions, there is not enough "wiggle room" to turn topological problems into purely algebraic ones. Many of my projects reveal new complications in the topology of 4-manifolds, particularly related to embedded surfaces. My main tools come from Heegaard Floer homology, a powerful package of invariants derived from symplectic geometry. I am also interested in the interrelations between different invariants of knots in 3-space, particularly the connections between knot invariants arising from gauge theory and symplectic geometry and those coming from representation theory.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  120 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-2802
Email Address: send me a message
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Teaching (Fall 2021):

    Physics 259, MW 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
    Physics 259, MW 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
Teaching (Spring 2022):

  • MATH 411.01, TOPOLOGY Synopsis
    Physics 119, TuTh 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
  • MATH 711.01, TOPOLOGY Synopsis
    Physics 119, TuTh 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
Office Hours:

Please email me for office hours.

Ph.D.Columbia University2010
A.B. Harvard University2005

Floer homology • Knot theory • Low-dimensional topology • Topology

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Baldwin, JA; Dowlin, N; Levine, AS; Lidman, T; Sazdanovic, R, Khovanov homology detects the figure-eight knot, Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, vol. 53 no. 3 (June, 2021), pp. 871-876 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Celoria, D; Golla, M; Levine, AS, Heegaard floer homology and concordance bounds on the Thurston norm, Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, vol. 373 no. 1 (January, 2020), pp. 295-318 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Levine, AS; Zemke, I, Khovanov homology and ribbon concordances, Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, vol. 51 no. 6 (December, 2019), pp. 1099-1103 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Levine, AS; Lidman, T, SIMPLY CONNECTED, SPINELESS 4-MANIFOLDS, Forum of Mathematics, Sigma (January, 2019) [doi]  [abs]
  5. Levine, AS, Indivisible, The Mathematical Intelligencer (January, 2019) [doi]
Recent Grant Support

  • Low-Dimensional topology, Floer Homology, and Categorification, National Science Foundation, DMS-1806437-year 1, 2017/07-2022/04. 
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