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Category Archives: Groups
Random groups contain surface subgroups
A few weeks ago, Ian Agol, Vlad Markovic, Ursula Hamenstadt and I organized a “hot topics” workshop at MSRI with the title Surface subgroups and cube complexes. The conference was pretty well attended, and (I believe) was a big success; … Continue reading
Cube complexes, Reidemeister 3, zonohedra and the missing 8th region
There is an old puzzle which starts by asking: what is the next number in the sequence 1,2,4,? We are supposed to recognize the start of the sequence and answer that the next number is surely 8, because the first … Continue reading
Surface subgroups of Sapir’s group
Let be the free group on two generators, and let be the endomorphism defined on generators by and . We define Sapir’s group to be the ascending HNN extension This group was studied by CrispSageevSapir in the context of their … Continue reading
Posted in Ergodic Theory, Groups, Surfaces
Tagged ffolded surface, fatgraph, HNN extension, hyperbolic group, Sapir's group, Stallings folding, surface subgroup
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Agol’s Virtual Haken Theorem (part 3): return of the hierarchies
Ian gave his second and third talks this afternoon, completing his (quite detailed) sketch of the proof of the Virtual Haken Theorem. Recall that after work of KahnMarkovic, Wise, HaglundWise and BergeronWise, the proof reduces to showing the following: Theorem … Continue reading
Agol’s Virtual Haken Theorem (part 2): AgolGrovesManning strike back
Today Jason Manning gave a talk on a vital ingredient in the proof of Agol’s theorem, which is a result in geometric group theory. The theorem is a joint project of AgolGrovesManning, and generalizes some earlier work they did a … Continue reading
Agol’s Virtual Haken Theorem (part 1)
I am in Paris attending a workshop at the IHP where Ian Agol has just given the first of three talks outlining his proof of the Virtual Haken Conjecture and Virtual Fibration Conjecture in 3manifold topology (hat tip to Henry … Continue reading
The HallWitt identity
The purpose of this blog post is to try to give some insight into the “meaning” of the HallWitt identity in group theory. This identity can look quite mysterious in its algebraic form, but there are several ways of describing it geometrically which … Continue reading
Posted in Groups, Lie groups, Surfaces, Visualization
Tagged commutators, gropes, HallWitt identity, visualization
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