**Date & Time:** Saturday, May 22, 2010, 16:30-17:30.

**Venue:** Ramanujan Hall

**Title:** Ubiquity of Free Groups

**Speaker:** Parameswaran Sankaran, IMSc Chennai

**Abstract:** Free groups are important objects of study in
combinatorial group theory. These naturally occur in many
interesting contexts. In this talk we will show that if *G* is a
non-abelian compact Lie group then most pairs of elements
generate a free group of rank two.