The Alexander Grothendieck Lecture: Eric M. Friedlander

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Title: Modular Representation theory (the wild world of characteristic p)

Abstract: Strange examples arise when we look at actions on vector spaces over a field of charactersitic p > 0. Classically, one considers transformation groups acting on real vector spaces and uses Lie algebras to study continuous actions. Motivated by number theory and algebraic geometry, one also studies actions on vector spaces over other fields. Surprising behavior occurs and there are more strange examples than general theory.