Alan W. Reid, Rice University


Burnside Hall Room 1104, 805 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0B9, CA

Title: Distinguishing finitely presented groups by their finite quotients.

Abstract: If G is a finitely generated group, let C(G) denote the set of finite quotients of G.  This talk will survey work on the question of to what extent C(G) determines G up to isomorphism, culminating in a discussion of examples of Fuchsian and Kleinian groups that are determined by C(G) (amongst finitely generated residually finite groups).