Cellular Automata and Groups by Tullio Ceccherini-silbersteCellular Automata and Groups by Tullio Ceccherini-silberste

Cellular Automata and Groups

byTullio Ceccherini-silberste, Michel Coornaert

Paperback | November 5, 2012

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Cellular automata were introduced in the first half of the last century by John von Neumann who used them as theoretical models for self-reproducing machines. The authors present a self-contained exposition of the theory of cellular automata on groups and explore its deep connections with recent developments in geometric group theory, symbolic dynamics, and other branches of mathematics and theoretical computer science. The topics treated include in particular the Garden of Eden theorem for amenable groups, and the Gromov-Weiss surjunctivity theorem as well as the solution of the Kaplansky conjecture on the stable finiteness of group rings for sofic groups.The volume is entirely self-contained, with 10 appendices and more than 300 exercises, and appeals to a large audience including specialists as well as newcomers in the field. It provides a comprehensive account of recent progress in the theory of cellular automata based on the interplay between amenability, geometric and combinatorial group theory, symbolic dynamics and the algebraic theory of group rings which are treated here for the first time in book form.
Title:Cellular Automata and GroupsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.01 inPublished:November 5, 2012Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3642264751

ISBN - 13:9783642264757


Table of Contents

Preface.- 1.Cellular automata.- 2.Residually finite groups.- 3.Surjunctive groups.- 4.Amenable groups.- 5.The Garden of Eden theorem.- 6.Finitely generated amenable groups.- 7.Local embeddability and sofic groups.- 8.Linear cellular automata.- Appendices: A.Nets and the Tychonoff product theorem.- B.Uniform structures.- C.Symmetric groups.- D.Free groups.- E.Inductive limits and projective limits of groups.- F.The Banach-Alaoglu theorem.- G.The Markov-Kakutani fixed point theorem.- H.The Hall harem Theorem .- I.Complements of functional analysis.- J.Ultrafilters.- Open problems.- References.- List of symbols.- Index.

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews:"This book should be considered as self-contained, in the sense that all the concepts used are developed at length, together with a large choice of exercises. . should make an important contribution to a field in rapid development, and which is at the intersection of algebra, analysis and computer science. It is carefully written, and is especially recommended to graduate students and researchers, who will find out in what way so many apparently distant concepts can fit together to make this fascinating theory." (Antonio Machì, Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, July, 2011)"This wonderful book is about important links between four areas of mathematics: geometric group theory, theory of cellular automata, dynamical systems and amenability. . the notions are clearly defined and illustrated by several examples and figures, and the proofs of all results are very carefully detailed and presented in an elegant form. For all these reasons I strongly recommend this brilliant book to both experts and students from all the areas of mathematics mentioned in this review, as well as many others." (Rostislav I. Grigorchuk, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2011 j)"The book explores deep connections between two seemingly unrelated mathematical notions, both of which were introduced by J. von Neumann in the first half of the 20th century . . The book is well written and develops very carefully the state of the art of the material sketched above . . It is essentially self-contained . and each chapter contains informative historical notes and a long list of instructive exercises." (K. Auinger, Monatshefte für Mathematik, Vol. 164 (3), November, 2011)"The book discusses these and related topics from the theory of cellular automata on groups and explores its deep connections with recent developments in geometric group theory, symbolic dynamics and theoretical computer science. . The book has 8 chapters, 10 appendices and more than 300 exercises. It is oriented towards a broad audience, and shall be useful for experts as a detailed comprehensive account of the recent progress in the field." (Boris S. Kruglikov, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1218, 2011)