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Course# MATH-315: Spaces of non-positive curvature and groups

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Non-positive curvature is a fundamental aspect of geometry appearing in Euclidean spaces, hyperbolic spaces, trees, buildings and many more spaces. We study it with the general but powerful tool of CA

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