Event № 265
The goal of this talk is to convince you that you have been unknowingly using bounded cohomology all your life and to encourage you to come out and use it more openly. To this end we will explain how the natural desire to count leads to bounded cohomology, and how Eudoxus used bounded cohomology to define the ordered field of real numbers around 230 BC. Slightly more recent developments in bounded cohomology and its interactions with geometry, algebra, probability and combinatorics will also be discussed. We will also explain the special relationship between bounded cohomology and the Technion, which goes back if not to ancient times then at least to the 1980s. We will state a number of open problems which can be understood by a first year student, but whose solution might be a challenge even for professional researchers. Throughout the talk we will focus on the second bounded cohomology and its combinatorial description through quasimorphisms.