Event Type:

Department Colloquium

Date/Time:

Friday, February 29, 2008 - 08:00

Location:

Kidd 364

Guest Speaker:

Institution:

University of Ljubljana

Abstract:

We shall present a survey of two classical conjectures concerning the char-acterization of manifolds: the Bing Borsuk Conjecture asserts that every n-dimensional homogeneous ANR is a topological n-manifold, whereas the Buse-mann Conjecture asserts that every n-dimensional G-space is a topological n-manifold. The key object in both cases are so-called generalized manifolds, i.e. ENR homology manifolds. We shall look at their history, from the early beginnings in 1930’s to the present day, concentrating on those geometric properties of these spaces which are particular for dimensions 3 and 4, in comparison with generalized (n > 4)-manifolds. In the second part of the talk we shall present the current state of the two conjectures (the work of Bing-Borsuk, Bestvina-Daverman-Venema-Walsh, Brahm, Bryant-Ferry-Mio-Weinberger, Busemann, Cannon, Daverman-Repovs, Daverman-Thickstun, Halverson-Repovs, Edwards, Krakus, Lacher-Repovs, Pe- dersen-Quinn-Ranicki, Thurston, and others). We shall also list open problems and related conjectures