Manchester Heilbronn Colloquium 2023: Julia Wolf03 Apr 2023, by Sponsored events in
Wednesday 21 June 2023 at 15:00
Department of Mathematics, University of Manchester, UK
Organiser: Mark Kambites (Manchester)
When is a Mathematical Object Well-Behaved?
Julia Wolf, Professor of Pure Mathematics, University of Cambridge
In this talk we will come at this question from two different angles: first, from the viewpoint of model theory, a subject in which for nearly half a century the notion of stability has played a central role in describing tame behaviour; secondly, from the perspective of combinatorics, where so-called regularity decompositions have enjoyed a similar level of prominence in a range of finitary settings, with remarkable applications.
In recent years, these two fundamental notions have been shown to interact in interesting ways. In particular, it has been shown that mathematical objects that are stable in the model-theoretic sense admit particularly well-behaved regularity decompositions. In this talk we will explore this fruitful interplay in the context of both finite graphs and subsets of abelian groups.
To the extent that time permits, I will go on to describe recent joint work with Caroline Terry (The Ohio State University), in which we develop a higher-arity generalisation of stability that implies (and in some cases characterises) the existence of particularly pleasant higher-order regularity decompositions.
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