David Sheard (University College London)
17:00 - 18:00 Zoom
4 February 2021

Geometric approaches to Nielsen equivalence


In the world of finitely generated groups, presentations are a blessing and a curse. They are versatile and compact, but in general tell you very little about the group. Tietze transformations offer much, but deliver little, in terms of understanding the possible presentations of a group. I will introduce a different way of transforming presentations of a group called a Nielsen transformation, and show how geometric methods can be used to study Nielsen transformations.

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