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Category Archives: Dynamics
Rotation numbers and the JankinsNeumann ziggurat
I’m in Melbourne right now, where I recently attended the Hyamfest and the preceding workshop. There were many excellent talks at both the workshop and the conference (more on that in another post), but one thing that I found very interesting … Continue reading
Harmonic measure
An amenable group acting by homeomorphisms on a compact topological space preserves a probability measure on ; in fact, one can given a definition of amenability in such terms. For example, if is finite, it preserves an atomic measure supported … Continue reading
Faces of the scl norm ball
I am in Melbourne at the moment, in the middle of giving a lecture series, as part of the 2009 ClayMahler lectures (also see here). Yesterday I gave a lecture with the title “faces of the scl norm ball”, and … Continue reading
Posted in Dynamics, Groups, Surfaces
Tagged Bavard duality, free groups, immersions, maximal representation, quasimorphisms, Rigidity, rotation number, scl, Surfaces, Symplectic geometry
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van Kampen soup and thermodynamics of DNA
The development and scope of modern biology is often held out as a fantastic opportunity for mathematicians. The accumulation of vast amounts of biological data, and the development of new tools for the manipulation of biological organisms at microscopic levels … Continue reading
Posted in Biology, Dynamics, Groups
Tagged biological computation, DNA, fatgraphs, free groups, Holliday junction, scl, thermodynamics, van Kampen diagrams
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Orderability, and groups of homeomorphisms of the disk
I have struggled for a long time (and I continue to struggle) with the following question: Question: Is the group of selfhomeomorphisms of the unit disk (in the plane) that fix the boundary pointwise a leftorderable group? Recall that a … Continue reading
Posted in Dynamics, Groups
Tagged BurnsHale, distortion, Dynamics, orderable groups, quasimorphisms, Thurston stability theorem
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Big mapping class groups and dynamics
Mapping class groups (also called modular groups) are of central importance in many fields of geometry. If is an oriented surface (i.e. a manifold), the group of orientationpreserving selfhomeomorphisms of is a topological group with the compactopen topology. The mapping … Continue reading