Event Detail

Event Type: 
Topology Seminar
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 02:00
Location: 
Kidder 358

Speaker Info

Local Speaker: 
Abstract: 

Max Forester and Colin Rourke have recently proved a fixed point theorem for finite groups acting on cell complexes of finite (homological) dimension. Their result provides a new proof of a theorem of Jean-Pierre Serre in cohomology of groups that has been influential in classfying finite subgroups of groups given by generators and relators. I will sketch the Forester-Rourke proof and indicate some related ideas and applications.