UIC Graduate Student Seminar

Friday October 19
3:00 pm
636 SEO

Speaker: Kevin Whyte

Title: Introduction to Geometric Group Theory

Abstract: Geometric group theory is the study of infinite discrete groups as geometric, rather than algebraic, objects. In this talk I will discuss some of the basic ideas and examples of the subject. In particular, the concept of growth will be explored in some detail, including (without proof) Gromov's famous result characterizing nilpotent groups in terms of growth.