Charlotte Scott Centre for Algebra

School of Mathematics & Physics, University of Lincoln

Algebra seminar in Lincoln: talk by Martyn Quick

On Wednesday the 18th of April 2018, Martyn Quick (St Andrews) visited Lincoln and gave a talk “Presentations for Thompson’s infinite simple group V and some of its generalisations“.

Abstract: Thompson’s group V is probably one of the best known examples of a finitely presented infinite simple group.  The presentation originally given by Thompson in his notes has remained the best in terms of fewest generators and relations until very recently.  I will present recent work with Collin Bleak that gives new presentations for V including one involving fewer relations than Thompson’s presentation.  There are a number of other infinite simple groups that arise as generalisations of Thompson’s group V.  One set of examples are the groups nV (for positive integers n) introduced by Brin and that act upon n-dimensional Cantor space.  I will present ongoing work that produces presentations for the groups nV and that draws attention to the interaction between the baker’s maps on n-dimensional Cantor space and transpositions of basic open sets.

One comment on “Algebra seminar in Lincoln: talk by Martyn Quick

  1. Evgeny Khukhro
    April 20, 2018

    Reblogged this on Maths & Physics News.


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