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### The Information in an Identity

**Algebra & Discrete Mathematics**

Speaker: | Sherman Stein, Dept. of Mathematics, UC Davis |

Location: | 1147 MSB |

Start time: | Thu, Jan 31 2013, 3:10PM |

A single identity in two variables can raise questions of a combinatorial, algebraic, logical, or model-theoretic nature. The talk will sample some of them. For instance, for every positive integer n the identity xy = y^n x^n y^n x^n implies the identity x^6 y^6 = y^6 x^6 and if n is of the form 3k or 3k + 1 it implies xy = yx.