## Welcome to the AGNT Seminar at Rice!

January 18, 2023 : [in-person]

Speaker: Chelsea Walton, Rice University

__Title__: Modernizing Modern Algebra: Category Theory is coming, whether we like it or not

__Abstract__: Inspired by my past stay at the University of Hamburg this Fall, I will chat about the development of the field, Modern Algebra, starting with the foundations set in Germany in the 1920s. Through the work of E. Artin and E. Noether, and through the writings of B. L. van der Waerden, Modern Algebra launched onto the mathematical scene as a sort of Haute Couture fashion in the 1930s. These days, this field is certainly presented as fashion for the masses, as is included in any standard undergraduate curriculum in mathematics. In fact, the contents of van der Waerden's landmark 1931 textbook "Moderne Algebra" is much in line with our syllabi for such courses today. Now at the 100 year mark since the emergence of Modern Algebra, one might wonder: What's next? I believe it's Category Theory, whether we like it or not. To support this belief, I'll spend most of the time in the talk presenting a case study for algebras in a few settings-- over a field, categorical, and 2-categorical. Applications of algebras in these settings will be emphasized, and the talk to be down-to-earth.

January 25, 2023 : [online]

Speaker: Be'eri Greenfeld, University of California, San Diego

__Title__: Growth of infinite-dimensional algebras, symbolic dynamics and amenability

__Abstract__: The growth of an infinite-dimensional algebra is a fundamental tool to measure its infinitude. Growth of noncommutative algebras plays an important role in noncommutative geometry, representation theory, differential algebraic geometry, symbolic dynamics and various recent homological stability results in number theory and arithmetic geometry.

We analyze the space of growth functions of algebras, answering a question of Zelmanov (2017) on the existence of certain 'holes' in this space, and prove a strong quantitative version of the Kurosh Problem on algebraic algebras. We use minimal subshifts with oscillating complexity to resolve a question posed by Krempa-Okninski (1987) and Krause- Lenagan (2000) on the GK-dimension of tensor products.

An important property implied by subexponential growth (both for groups and for algebras) is amenability. We show that minimal subshifts of positive entropy give rise to amenable graded algebras of exponential growth, answering a conjecture of Bartholdi (2007), naturally extending a wide open conjecture of Vershik on amenable group rings).

This talk is partially based on joint works with J. Bell and with E. Zelmanov.

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Speaker: Kent Vashaw, MIT

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March 8, 2023 : (open)

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Speaker: Allison Beemer, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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Speaker: Soheil Memarian, University of Toronto

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