**Selected Lectures**

1994;

MSC: Primary 55;
**Print ISBN: 978-1-4704-2711-5
Product Code: DVD/93**

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# In Search of Symmetry

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*William Browder*

William Browder served as President of the
American Mathematical Society during 1990–1991. This DVD
contains his Retiring Presidential Address—which combined short
remarks about his presidency with a mathematical lecture—preceded
by an informal interview in which he discusses a range of topics,
including public awareness of mathematics and his interest in
music.

The lecture discusses the action of finite groups on manifolds, exploring
the question of how large a finite group can effectively act on a
given manifold (here, “effectively” means that there is
no subgroup that fixes everything). A related question is, what kind
of spaces have the given manifold as a covering space? Beginning with
the historical roots of these questions, Browder concentrates on
familiar examples such as the sphere, the \(n\)-sphere, or a
product of spheres of different dimensions.

The lecture is accessible to mathematics majors with background in
algebraic topology. The interview segment provides a fine complement
to the lecture.

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The reviewer recommends enthusiastically this … to the mathematical community, in particular those interested in algebraic topology and its applications to transformation groups.

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