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A Course in Finite Group Representation Theory

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Advanced Mathematics

  • Date Published: August 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107162396
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  • This graduate-level text provides a thorough grounding in the representation theory of finite groups over fields and rings. The book provides a balanced and comprehensive account of the subject, detailing the methods needed to analyze representations that arise in many areas of mathematics. Key topics include the construction and use of character tables, the role of induction and restriction, projective and simple modules for group algebras, indecomposable representations, Brauer characters, and block theory. This classroom-tested text provides motivation through a large number of worked examples, with exercises at the end of each chapter that test the reader's knowledge, provide further examples and practice, and include results not proven in the text. Prerequisites include a graduate course in abstract algebra, and familiarity with the properties of groups, rings, field extensions, and linear algebra.

    • The choice of topics provides a balanced and comprehensive account of the representation theory of arbitrary finite groups
    • Provides a large number of high-quality exercises
    • Careful exposition is given of many topics usually only found in more specialized texts
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    'This is a well-written and motivated book, with carefully chosen topics, examples and exercises to engage the reader, making it suitable in the classroom or for self-study.' Felipe Zaldivar, MAA Reviews

    'The author aims to provide a comprehensive but fastpaced grounding in results which can be applied to areas as diverse as number theory, combinatorics, topology or commutative algebra … While the proofs are rigorous, the style is relatively informal and designed to showcase as many results as possible which are applicable beyond the realms of \pure representation theory.' Stuart Martin, MathSciNet

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    19th Sep 2017 by Chenxuemei

    It's good to my study,really helpful,my thanks to the author.I will make good use of the book

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107162396
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Representations and Maschke's theorem
    2. Algebras with semisimple modules
    3. Characters
    4. Construction of characters
    5. Theorems of Mackey and Clifford
    6. p-groups and the radical
    7. Projective modules for algebras
    8. Projective modules for group algebras
    9. Splitting fields and the decomposition map
    10. Brauer characters
    11. Indecomposable modules
    12. Blocks.

  • Author

    Peter Webb, University of Minnesota
    Peter Webb is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota. His research interests focus on the interactions between group theory and other areas of algebra, combinatorics, and topology. In 1988, he was awarded a Whitehead Prize of the London Mathematical Society.

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