Topology Seminar

Title: A K-theoretic Construction of Scissors Congruence Spectra
Speaker: Inna Zakharevich
Speaker Info: MIT
Brief Description:
Special Note:

Hilbert's third problem asks the following question: given two polyhedra with the same volume, is it possible to dissect one into finitely many polyhedra and rearrange it into the other one? The answer (due to Dehn in 1901) is no: there is another invariant that must also be the same. Further work in the 60s and 70s generalized this to other geometries by constructing groups which encode scissors congruence data. Though most of the computational techniques used with these groups related to group homology, the algebraic K-theory of various fields appears in some very unexpected places in the computations. In this talk we will give a different perspective on this problem by examining it from the perspective of algebraic K-theory: we construct the K-theory spectrum of a scissors congruence problem and relate some of the classical structures on scissors congruence groups to structures on this spectrum.
Date: Monday, September 26, 2011
Time: 4:10pm
Where: Lunt 104
Contact Person: Prof. Paul Goerss
Contact email: pgoerss@math.northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-491-8544
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