Thick triangles and a theorem of Gromov

22 February 2018
Matthias Wink

A theorem of Gromov states that the number of generators of the fundamental group of a manifold with nonnegative 
curvature is bounded by a constant which only depends on the dimension of the manifold. The main ingredient 
in the proof is Toponogov’s theorem, which roughly speaking says that the triangles on spaces with positive 
curvature, such as spheres, are thick compared to triangles in the Euclidean plane. In the talk I shall explain 
this more carefully and deduce Gromov’s result.

  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar