Representations and Characters of Groups
2nd Edition
£51.99
 Authors:
 Gordon James, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London
 Martin Liebeck, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London
 Date Published: October 2001
 availability: Available
 format: Paperback
 isbn: 9780521003926
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This book provides a modern introduction to the representation theory of finite groups. Now in its second edition, the authors have revised the text and added much new material. The theory is developed in terms of modules, since this is appropriate for more advanced work, but considerable emphasis is placed upon constructing characters. Included here are the character tables of all groups of order less than 32, and all simple groups of order less than 1000. Applications covered include Burnside's paqb theorem, the use of character theory in studying subgroup structure and permutation groups, and how to use representation theory to investigate molecular vibration. Each chapter features a variety of exercises, with full solutions provided at the end of the book. This will be ideal as a course text in representation theory, and in view of the applications, will be of interest to chemists and physicists as well as mathematicians.
Read more Greatly revised with new sections added
 Material is broken down into bitesized chapters for easier study
 Applications to chemistry and physics set the book in a wider context
Reviews & endorsements
'… this reviewer regards the second printing of the book as a gem in studying representation theory of finite groups.' R. W. van der Wall, Zentralblatt für Mathematik
See more reviews'This is a beautiful wellbalanced introduction to representations and characters of finite groups over the complex field, suitable for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students. The reviewer enjoyed the exposition tremendously and strongly recommends this already popular book both as a textbook and for selfstudy.' EMS
'For me, the attractive features are the short chapters (substantial but bitesized), the motivational comments throughout the book and useful summaries at the end of each chapter, the wealth of detailed examples which break up and illuminate the theory, and full solutions to all the exercises.' The Mathematical Gazette
'The review found this to be a clearly and carefully written book, which he will recommend to all students seeking an introduction to group representation theory. the authors write in a downtoearth style, provide a large number of examples throughout, and give very useful content summaries at the end of each chapter … In summary, the additions to the second edition only improve what was already an excellent text.' Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society
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×Product details
 Edition: 2nd Edition
 Date Published: October 2001
 format: Paperback
 isbn: 9780521003926
 length: 468 pages
 dimensions: 235 x 157 x 28 mm
 weight: 0.76kg
 contains: 28 b/w illus. 163 tables
 availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Groups and homomorphisms
2. Vector spaces and linear transformations
3. Group representations
4. FGmodules
5. FGsubmodules
6. Group algebras
7. FGhomomorphisms
8. Mashcke's theorem
9. Schur's lemma
10. Irreducible modules and the group algebra
11. More on the group algebra
12. Conjugacy classes
13. Characters
14. Inner products of characters
15. The number of irreducible characters
16. Character tables and orthogonality relations
17. Normal subgroups and lifted characters
18. Some elementary character tables
19. Tensor products
20. Restriction to a subgroup
21. Induced modules and characters
22. Algebraic integers
23. Real representations
24. Summary of properties of character tables
25. Characters of groups of order pq
26. Characters of some pgroups
27. Character table of the simple group of order 168
28. Character table of GL(2,q)
29. Permutations and characters
30. Applications to group theory
31. Burnside's theorem
32. An application of representation theory to molecular vibration.Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses
 Advanced Topics in Abstract Algebra
 Topics in Algebra
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