(Monday, March 25, 2002)
Math Annex 1100
Moscow State University
Recent Developments in Invariant Theory
Invariant Theory is a branch of algebra that is
more than 150 years old. During this period it came
through several periods of rises and falls.
Nowadays, it comes through the new period of
vigorous development, flourishing again because
of the deep, mutually fruitful connections with
a number of disciplines (algebraic groups, Lie groups,
algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, homological algebra,
Galois theory, ring theory, combinatorics, coding theory) and
famous mathematical problems (Hilbert's 14th and 13th problems).
In fact, Invariant Theory gave birth to some of them
(commutative algebra and homological algebra).
The purpose of talk is to give a survey, intended
for the nonspecialists, of the main streams
and results of this theory, from the beginning
to the present time.
Refreshments will be served in Math Annex Room 1115, 2:45 p.m.