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Special Colloquium

From simple groups to symmetries of surfaces

Rachel Skipper, Ohio State University

Location:  Zoom
Date & time: Friday, 17 December 2021 at 11:30AM - 12:30PM

Abstract: We will take a tour through some families of groups of historic importance in geometric group theory, including self-similar groups and Thompson’s groups. We will discuss the rich, continually developing theory of these groups which act as symmetries of the Cantor space, and how they can be used to understand the variety of infinite simple groups. Finally, we will discuss how these groups are serving an important role in the newly developing field of big mapping class groups which are used to describe symmetries of surfaces.

This talk is for the local Rutgers Math Community only, Zoom links will be sent by the Department Chair via email.

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