Related $n$Lab entries: dimension, coarse topology
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G. Bell, A. Dranishnikov, Asymptotic dimension, math.GR/0703766
The asymptotic dimension theory was founded by Gromov in the early 90s. In this paper we give a survey of its recent history where we emphasize two of its features: an analogy with the dimension theory of compact metric spaces and applications to the theory of discrete groups.
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