Counter example using the Golod-Shafarevich inequality

18 November 2015
Kieran Calvert

In 1964 Golod and Shafarevich discovered a powerful tool that gives a criteria for when a certain presentation defines an infinite dimensional algebra. In my talk I will assume the main machinery of the Golod-Shafarevich inequality for graded algebras and use it to provide counter examples to certain analogues of the Burnside problem in infinite dimensional algebras and infinite groups. Then, time dependent, I will define the Tarski number for groups relating to the Banach-Tarski paradox and show that we can using the G-S inequality show that the set of Tarski numbers is unbounded. Despite the fact we can only find groups of Tarski number 4, 5 and 6.

  • Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar