What is the volume of the set of singular symmetric matrices of norm one? What is the probability that a random plane misses this set? What is the expected "topology" of the intersection of random quadric hypersurfaces?
In this talk I will combine classical techniques form algebraic topology ("spectral sequences") with ideas from Random Matrix Theory and show how these problems can be solved using a local analysis of the "gap probability" at zero (the probability that a random matrix has a gap in its spectrum close to zero).
(This is joint work with E. Lundberg.)