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Hyperbolic 3-manifolds and the geometry of the curve complex. (English) Zbl 1081.53032
Laptev, Ari (ed.), Proceedings of the 4th European congress of mathematics (ECM), Stockholm, Sweden, June 27–July 2, 2004. Zürich: European Mathematical Society (EMS) (ISBN 3-03719-009-4/hbk). 103-115 (2005).
Thurston’s ending lamination conjecture states that a tame hyperbolic 3-manifod \(M\) is determined up to isometry by its topology and a certain finite set of end invariants. A proof of the ending lamination conjecture has been announced by J. F. Brock, R. D. Canary and Y. N. Minsky. The paper under review gives a survey of recent work towards and around the solution of Thurston’s ending lamination conjecture. Applications to the theory of surfaces and mapping class groups are given.
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