Algorithms and Computation in Mathematics

Discovering Mathematics with Magma

Reducing the Abstract to the Concrete

Editors: Bosma, Wieb, Cannon, John (Eds.)

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This volume celebrates the first decade of the Computer Algebra system Magma. With a design based on the ontology and semantics of algebra, Magma enables users to rapidly formulate and perform calculations in the more abstract parts of mathematics. This book introduces the reader to the role Magma plays in advanced mathematical research through 14 case studies which, in most cases, describe computations underpinning new theoretical results. The authors of the chapters were chosen both for their expertise in the particular field and for their innovative use of Magma. Although by no means exhaustive, the topics range over much of Magma's coverage of algorithmic algebra: from number theory and algebraic geometry, via representation theory and group theory to some branches of discrete mathematics and graph theory. A basic introduction to the Magma language is given in an appendix. The book is simultaneously an invitation to learn a new programming language in the context of contemporary research problems, and an exposition of the types of problem that can be investigated using computational algebra.

About the authors

Cannon:

1) Principal designer of the Magma system

2) Extensive contributions to the field of group theory algorithms

3) Awards:

  • 1993 CSIRO Medal (for Computer Algebra)
  • 2001 ATSE Clunies Ross Award (for Cryptography and Computer Algebra)
  • 2006 Richard D. Jenks Memorial Prize for Excellence in Software Engineering Applied to Computer Algebra.

 

Bosma: co-designer of Magma, active in computational number theory and computer algebra

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Some computational experiments in number theory

    Wieb Bosma

    Pages 1-30

  • Some ternary Diophantine equations of signature (n, n, 2)

    Nils Bruin

    Pages 63-91

  • Support varieties for modules

    Jon F. Carlson

    Pages 187-204

  • Cohomology and group extensions in Magma

    Derek F. Holt

    Pages 221-241

  • Searching for linear codes with large minimum distance

    Markus Grassl

    Pages 287-313

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Discovering Mathematics with Magma
Book Subtitle
Reducing the Abstract to the Concrete
Editors
  • Wieb Bosma
  • John Cannon
Series Title
Algorithms and Computation in Mathematics
Series Volume
19
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-37634-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-37634-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-37632-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-07231-4
Series ISSN
1431-1550
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 364
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