Seminar meets Wednesday at 1:30 PM in Room 617 on the sixth floor of Wachman Hall.
Shiferaw Berhanu, Temple University
Samuel Taylor, Temple University
We’ll explore the following two questions:
1) What geometric structures can be associated to a random 3-dimensional manifold?
2) How likely is it that two random elements of a group G commute?
Although these questions appear to be quite different, we’ll see how they fit into the common framework of counting problems in geometry group theory. Our talk will be a friendly overview of this framework and stress many problems — some of which have been recently answered and some of which are still open.