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2009 Wolfe Lecture in Mathematics


Dr. Ian Agol
University of California, Berkeley
Thursday March 26, 2009
4:00pm, Herman Brown 227
Title: The virtual fibering conjecture and related questions

Abstract: Thurston asked a bold question of whether finite volume hyperbolic 3-manifolds might always admit a finite-sheeted cover which fibers over the circle. This talk will review some of the progress on this question, and discuss its relation to other questions including subgroup separability, the behavior of Heegaard genus in finite-sheeted covers, CAT(0) cubings, and subgroups of right-angled reflection groups. Some applications of the techniques will also be mentioned.


The Annual Wolfe Lectures are supported through a generous gift from the estate of Raquel A. Wolfe in loving memory of her husband, Dr. Alfred S. Wolfe, and his love for math which he instilled in both his children.

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