Brandon Seward (Hebrew U. and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences)

יום שלישי, 24 בנובמבר, 2015, 14:30 – 15:30, Math -101


Within the field of dynamics, entropy is a real number which measures the amount of chaos or complexity in a dynamical system. Entropy was first introduced for actions of the integers by Kolmogorov in 1958, and it led to huge advances in the field. During the 1970‘s and 80‘s entropy theory was largely extended to actions of amenable groups (such as abelian groups and solvable groups). In 2008, Lewis Bowen made a dramatic breakthrough by extending the notion of entropy to actions of sofic groups (such as linear groups and free groups). A new chapter in entropy theory is now unfolding. In this talk, I will discuss some of the history of classical entropy theory and then discuss some recent breakthroughs.