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Cellular Automata and Groups

Textbook

Part of the Springer Monographs in Mathematics book series (SMM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 1-36
  3. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 37-55
  4. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 57-75
  5. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 77-110
  6. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 111-149
  7. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 151-232
  8. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 233-281
  9. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 283-342
  10. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 343-349
  11. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 351-358
  12. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 359-366
  13. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 367-377
  14. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 379-381
  15. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 383-385
  16. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 387-389
  17. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 391-401
  18. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 403-408
  19. Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, Michel Coornaert
    Pages 409-416
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 417-439

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Group theory Sofic group amenable group automata cellular automation garden of Eden theorem linear cellular automation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Fac. IngegneriaUniversita SannioBeneventoItaly
  2. 2.Inst. Recherche Mathématique Avancée, CNRSUniversité Strasbourg IStrasbourgFrance

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Reviews

From the reviews:

“The book under review is currently the only text of comparable size and level which devotes its attention to the general case of cellular automata on arbitrary groups … . The book is a great read and a great resource. … The basic material is supported by a trove of exercises (over 300) and notes at the end of each chapter, and the book ends with a selection of 17 open problems.” (Zoran Šunić, Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, Vol. 51 (2), April, 2014)

“An excellent introduction to the subject of cellular automata on groups, complete with copious exercises. … I like this book very much. The authors have set out to write a self-contained account, and I think they have succeeded. … This is done using conventional notation and without idiosyncrasy, which to mind is important for any reader wanting to supplement their reading using other sources. All this is done whilst presenting some very recent material – a real achievement.” (Charles Eaton, The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 97 (539), July, 2013)

“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)

“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 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)