We know that the existence of a period three point for an interval map implies much about the dynamics of the map, but the restriction of the map to the periodic orbit itself is trivial. Countable invariant subsets arise naturally in many dynamical systems, for example as $\omega$-limit sets, but many of the usual notions of dynamics degenerate when restricted to countable sets. In this talk we look at what we can say about dynamics on countable compact spaces. In particular, the theory of countable dynamical systems is the theory of the induced dynamics on countable invariant subsets of the interval and the theory of homeomorphic countable dynamics is the theory of compact countable invariant subsets of homeomorphisms of the plane.

Joint work with Columba Perez