Summer Conference on Topology and Its Applications

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32nd Summer Conference on Topology and Its Applications


Entropy was introduced first in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, as well as information theory. In the last sixty years entropy made its way also in topology, ergodic theory, as well as other branches of mathematics as algebra, geometry and number theory where dynamical systems appear in one way or another.

Roughly speaking, entropy is a non-negative real number or infinity assigned to a "selfmap" T of a "space" X, where the "space" X can be a topological or uniform space, a measure space, an abstract or topological group (or vector space) or just a set. The "selfmap" T can be, respectively, a (uniformly) continuous selfmap, a measure preserving transformation, a (continuous) endomorphism, etc. Depending on each choice, one may have a topological entropy, uniform entropy, measure entropy, algebraic entropy, etc.

Discussion topics:

(a) the connection between these entropies with particular emphasis on the case of topological groups;

(b) a unified (categorical) approach to entropy based on appropriate functors to the category of normed semigroups;

(c) the connection of entropy to other well-known functions (e.g., the scale function of Georege Willis, the Mahler measure and the related Lehmer problem in number theory, etc);

(d) entropy of semigroup actions (in place of selfmaps).


This workshop consisted of two presentations; this is the first.

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