|Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Title: Distinguishing residually finite groups by their finite quotients
Abstract: By definition, a residually finite group has a large supply
of finite quotient groups. A natural question is to what extent this
collection of finite quotients "determines" the group. For example, an
old, and basic question is, if G is a residually finite group with the same
collection of finite quotient groups as a free group F of rank r, is G
isomorphic to F?
This talk will discuss this question for various classes of groups G as
well as some other related questions.
Speaker: Alan Reid
Institution: Univ of Texas, Austin