|Speaker||Richard M. Weiss|
|Dept.||Tufts University Mathematics Department|
We will describe the role of buildings in the study of simple groups, both finite and algebraic. We will focus on buildings of rank two, which can be easily defined in graph theoretical terms, and on groups of small rank. In particular, we will describe how the Suzuki groups, the Ree groups and a third family in this sequence arise in this context.