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Representation Theory of Finite Groups

An Introductory Approach

Authors: Steinberg, Benjamin

  • Concise focus enables the author to avoid prerequisites in analysis and topology
  • Provides a simple context for students to understand group representation theory
  • Author provides a gentle approach for students as well as the necessary motivation and exercises
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About this Textbook

This book is intended to present group representation theory at a level accessible to mature undergraduate students and beginning graduate students. This is achieved by mainly keeping the required background to the level of undergraduate linear algebra, group theory and very basic ring theory. Module theory and Wedderburn theory, as well as tensor products, are deliberately avoided. Instead, we take an approach based on discrete Fourier Analysis. Applications to the spectral theory of graphs are given to help the student appreciate the usefulness of the subject. A number of exercises are included. This book is intended for a 3rd/4th undergraduate course or an introductory graduate course on group representation theory. However, it can also be used as a reference for workers in all areas of mathematics and statistics.

About the authors

Benjamin Steinberg is a professor at City College of New York and the CUNY graduate center. He received my Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Steinberg is an algebraist interested in a broad range of areas including semigroups, geometric group theory and representation theory. Other research interests include automata theory, finite state Markov chains and algebras associated to etale groupoids. Steinberg is the co-author of a 2009 Springer publication in the SMM series entitled "The q-theory of Finite Semigroups". This book has had good pre- and post-publication reviews. Ben Steinberg is also an active editorial board member of the Semigroup Forum journal.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“The aim of the author is to give an introductory text on (ordinary) representation theory of finite groups which is accessible for advanced undergraduates already. And Steinberg manages this outstandingly well. … a book which is ideally suited for beginners in math as well as physicists, engineers and so on, who need a concise, well conceived and easy comprehensible introduction into representation theory.” (G. Kowol, Monatshefte für Mathematik, Vol. 167 (3-4), September, 2012)

“Steinberg … provides a one-semester course on representation theory with just linear algebra and a beginning course in abstract algebra (primarily group theory) as prerequisites. … the author covers most of the standard introductory topics in representation theory. The exercises provide more examples and further common results. It is the applications that Steinberg uses to motivate the subject that make this text both interesting and valuable. … Overall, a very user-friendly text with many examples and copious details. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.” (J. T. Zerger, Choice, Vol. 49 (11), August, 2012)

“The book consists of 157 pages spread over 11 chapters. … This book is an introductory course and it could be used by mathematicians and students who would like to learn quickly about the representation theory and character theory of finite groups, and for non-algebraists, statisticians and physicists who use representation theory.” (Jamshid Moori, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 j)

“The required background as to this introductory course on group representations, is in the level of linear algebra, group theory and some ring theory. … the book under review is a welcome one for students at an advanced undergraduate or introductory graduate level course, also for those people like physicists, statisticians and non-algebraically oriented mathematicians who need representation theory in their work.” (R. W. van der Waall, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1243, 2012)

“The author has, by combining clear writing with an accessible and minimal-prerequisite approach to group representations, created a book that may well help bring group representation theory into the undergraduate curriculum. This is an impressive and useful text, and should be looked at by anybody with an interest in the subject.” (Mark Hunacek, The Mathematical Association of America, February, 2012)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Representation Theory of Finite Groups
Book Subtitle
An Introductory Approach
Authors
Series Title
Universitext
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-0776-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-0776-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-0775-1
Series ISSN
0172-5939
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 157
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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