Mathematics Lecture Series

Mathematics Lecture Series

Postby staing » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:18 am

Mathematics Lecture Series, Fall 2012
Fresno State

Matt Horak
University of Wisconsin - Stout

"Geometric Group Theory: Where Geometry Meets Algebra"

Friday, September 28, 2012
from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Science 145

We are physical creatures with an excellent geometric intuition about the shapes in the world around us. Most of us, however have less intuition about abstract algebraic relationships. Geometric group theory is one of the disciplines that attempts to gain algebraic insights through geometric reasoning. This talk will start with an introduction to discrete geometry and graph theory. We will then move into ''large scale'' questions, which allow us to ignore small differences between objects and focus on their larger properties. We'll answer questions like, ''How is an infinitely large screen door like the Euclidean plane?'' In the end, the beautiful symmetries of geometric group theory will help uncover some subtleties of large scale geometry that could serve as starting points for many kinds of research projects.

For further information, please contact Dr. Tamas Forgacs at (559) 278-4907 or e-mail
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