06-12-2019 at 2pm
Title: An introduction to generalized polygons
Abstract: Generalized polygons are configurations of points and lines that generalize properties of triangles, quadrilaterals and so on. Their importance stems from the fact that they are examples of BUILDINGS (in the mathematical sense). The theory of buildings is vast, and has connections to many areas of mathematics. I will not present any current research in this area, instead my focus will be on defining generalized polygons, looking at some nice examples, and stating some interesting open questions. The only prerequisite for attending this talk is be that you’ve drunk a tea/coffee in the preceding hour.