Event № 484
joint with Yair Hartman, Kate Juschenko and Pooya Vahidi-Ferdowsi.
The notion of a proximal topological action was introduced by Glasner in the 1970's, together with the related notion of a strongly amenable group. Only a handful of new insights have been gained since then, and much remains mysterious. For example, it is known that all virtually nilpotent groups are strongly amenable, but it is not known if all strongly amenable groups are virtually nilpotent (within the class of discrete groups). We will introduce the definitions, survey what is known, and show that Thompson's infamous group F is not strongly amenable.