Buildings and Classical Groups

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This course will be a mix of algebra, a little number theory, and some elementary facts from topology. It begins with a discussion of Coxeter groups (generalized reflection groups), and how, associated to such a group, one can create a topological object (simplicial complex). Coxeter groups are characterized by an associated Coxeter diagram, very much analogous to the Dynkin diagrams one sees in the study of simple Lie algebras.

The course will go back and forth between geometric and algebraic perspectives, and in the end I hope to talk about some connections of buildings to number theory, specifically to the theory of Hecke algebras and modular forms.

The prerequisites are algebra at the level of 101.

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