##### Department of Mathematics,

University of California San Diego

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### Food For Thought Seminar

## Pieter Spaas

#### UCSD

## Fun with Banach-Tarski, paradoxical decompositions and amenability

##### Abstract:

Have you always wondered how the Banach-Tarski paradox - namely cutting a ball into pieces and assembling those pieces into two balls - actually works? Or what the mathematical reason behind it is? In this talk we will answer those questions by 1) reformulating the Banach-Tarski paradox, 2) explaining what paradoxical decompositions of various objects are, 3) constructing one for a ball, and 4) motivated by all those things introducing the concept of amenability, which has its origin in the aforementioned paradox and is ubiquitous in many areas of mathematics nowadays.

### November 7, 2016

### 11:00 AM

### AP&M 7321

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