JefferyWilliams Prize
 ALEJANDRO ADEM, University of British Columbia
Finite Groups from a Topology Perspective [PDF]

Understanding the symmetries of a topological space is a classical problem in mathematics. In this talk we will discuss how methods from algebraic topology can be used to approach this. After reviewing wellknown results about transformation groups, we will consider the notion of group actions up to homotopy. This leads to interesting interactions between topology, group theory and representation theory. A number of examples will be provided to illustrate this.
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