PSU Mark
Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:Two Combinatorial Problems in Ring Theory
Seminar:Algebra and Number Theory Seminar
Speaker:Ed Formanek, Penn State University
Abstract:
I will give the history of two open problems in ring theory which may be related. The Nagata-Higman Problem. What is the least integer d(n) such that {x_1 \cdots x_{d(n)} is a linear combination of n-th powers in Q, the free associative algebra (without unit) in countably many variables? What is the least integer c(n) such that M_n(Q) has a non-vanishing central polynomial of degree c(n)?

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB106
Date:02 / 19 / 2009
Time:11:15am - 12:05pm