Since the pioneering works of Novikov and Maltsev, group theory has been a testing ground for mathematical logic in its many manifestations, from the theory of algorithms to model theory. The interaction between logic and group theory led to many prominent results which enriched both disciplines. This volume reflects the major themes of the American Mathematical Society/Association for Symbolic Logic Joint Special Session (Baltimore, MD), Interactions between Logic, Group Theory and Computer Science. Included are papers devoted to the development of techniques used for the interaction of group theory and logic. It is suitable for graduate students and researchers interested in algorithmic and combinatorial group theory. A complement to this work is Volume 349 in the ""AMS"" series, ""Contemporary Mathematics, Computational and Experimental Group Theory"", which arose from the same meeting and concentrates on the interaction of group theory and computer science.
Since its origin in the early 20th century, combinatorial group theory has been primarily concerned with algorithms for solving particular problems on groups given by generators and relations: word problems, conjugacy problems, isomorphism problems, etc. Recent years have seen the focus of algorithmic group theory shift from the decidability/undecidability type of result to the complexity of algorithms. Papers in this volume reflect that paradigm shift. Articles are based on the AMS/ASL Joint Special Session, Interactions Between Logic, Group Theory and Computer Science. The volume is suitable for graduate students and research mathematicians interested in computational problems of group theory.