The Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series*
Left-orderability of 3-manifold groups
Cameron Gordon, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 3:15pm
Neuberger Hall room 454
(Refreshments served at 3:00 in presentation room)
This event is free and open to the public.
The fundamental group is essentially a complete invariant of
a 3-manifold. We will discuss how the purely algebraic property of this
group being left-orderable is related to the topology of the manifold, and
present evidence for the conjecture that it is equivalent to a property
that is ultimately analytic in nature. This is joint work with Steve Boyer and Liam Watson.
* Sponsored by the Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series Fund and the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics, PSU.