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Dusa McDuff of Barnard College describes Thurston's contributions to contact and symplectic geometry, including some geometric constructions and the definition of the Thurston-Bennequin invariant, and how his ideas have been developed, June 24, 2014 at the Bill Thurston Legacy Conference.
The conference, "What's Next? The mathematical legacy of Bill Thurston," held at Cornell June 23-27, 2014, brought together mathematicians from a broad spectrum of areas to describe recent advances and explore future directions motivated by Thurston's transformative ideas.