School Seminars and Colloquia

Ordering fundamental groups (first of a series of talks)


by Professor Dale Rolfsen

Institution: University of British Columbia
Date: Wed 1st December 2004
Time: 2:15 PM
Location: Room 213, Richard Berry Building, University of Melbourne

Abstract: Beginning with some basic facts on ordering of groups, I will present, with proofs,
some connections between properties of a topological space (emphasis on manifolds)
and orderability of its fundamental group. Techniques and applications will include
Magnus expansions, a basic theorem of T. Farrell, a knot-theoretical application of
N. Smythe, the core theorem of P. Scott, foliations and finite degree maps between
3-manifolds. Various open questions will also be presented.

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