# Borel superrigidity and the classification problem for the torsion-free abelian groups of finite rank

### Simon Thomas

Rutgers University, Piscataway, United States

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## Abstract

In 1937, Baer solved the classification problem for the torsion-free abelian groups of rank 1. Since then, despite the efforts of many mathematicians, no satisfactory solution has been found of the classification problem for the torsion-free abelian groups of rank n ≥ 2. So it is natural to ask whether the classification problem for the higher rank groups is genuinely difficult. In this article, I will explain how this question can be partially answered, using ideas from descriptive set theory and Zimmer’s superrigidity theory.