CANCELLED - Zassenhaus Lecture - Mladen Bestvina

January 16, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Cockins Hall 240
Bestvina Mladen

Title: Lecture 2. Asymptotic Dimension of Spaces and Groups

Speaker: Mladen Bestvina - University of Utah

Abstract: Gromov defined the notion of asymptotic dimension, which is a quasi-isometry invariant of spaces and groups. It is the large-scale analog of the usual covering dimension in topology. Computing it for a particular group, or even deciding if it is finite, is in general difficult. I will present some examples, e.g. Gromov's theorem that hyperbolic groups have finite asymptotic dimension, and outline a proof that mapping class groups have finite asymptotic dimension. This talk is based on my work with Ken Bromberg and Koji Fujiwara. 

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