Algebra Seminar: Ken Goodearl (UCSB), ' What are quantum groups?'

Event Date: 

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Event Location: 

  • 4519 South Hall

Event Contact: 

Ken Goodearl


Abstract: An elementary introduction to a slice of the subject of quantum groups will be given, aimed particularly at those unfamiliar with the area. We will take the perspective of the Cheshire Cat Principle: A quantum group is not a group at all, but something that remains when a group has faded away, leaving an algebra of functions behind. The type of algebra that results resembles an algebra of functions on a group, except that it is noncommutative.

No background beyond the ideas of a group and an algebra over a field will be assumed.