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Representations and Characters of Groups

Representations and Characters of Groups

2nd Edition


  • 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.

    • Greatly revised with new sections added
    • Material is broken down into bite-sized chapters for easier study
    • Applications to chemistry and physics set the book in a wider context
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    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

    'This is a beautiful well-balanced 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 self-study.' EMS

    'For me, the attractive features are the short chapters (substantial but bite-sized), 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 down-to-earth 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. FG-modules
    5. FG-submodules
    6. Group algebras
    7. FG-homomorphisms
    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 p-groups
    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
  • Authors

    Gordon James, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London

    Martin Liebeck, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London

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