Classics in Mathematics

Combinatorial Group Theory

Authors: Lyndon, Roger C., Schupp, Paul E.

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From the reviews:
"This book (...) defines the boundaries of the subject now called combinatorial group theory. (...)it is a considerable achievement to have concentrated a survey of the subject into 339 pages. This includes a substantial and useful bibliography; (over 1100 items). ...the book is a valuable and welcome addition to the literature, containing many results not previously available in a book. It will undoubtedly become a standard reference." Mathematical Reviews, AMS, 1979

About the authors

Biography of Roger C. Lyndon

Roger Lyndon, born on Dec. 18, 1917 in Calais (Maine, USA), entered Harvard University in 1935 with the aim of studying literature and becoming a writer. However, when he discovered that, for him, mathematics required less effort than literature, he switched and graduated from Harvard in 1939.

After completing his Master's Degree in 1941, he taught at Georgia Tech, then returned to Harvard in 1942 and there taught navigation to pilots while, supervised by S. MacLane, he studied for his Ph.D., awarded in 1946 for a thesis entitled The Cohomology Theory of Group Extensions.

Influenced by Tarski, Lyndon was later to work on model theory. Accepting a position at Princeton, Ralph Fox and Reidemeister's visit in 1948 were major influencea on him to work in combinatorial group theory. In 1953 Lyndon left Princeton for a chair at the University of Michigan where he then remained except for visiting professorships at Berkeley, London, Montpellier and Amiens.

Lyndon made numerous major contributions to combinatorial group theory. These included the development of "small cancellation theory", his introduction of "aspherical" presentations of groups and his work on length functions. He died on June 8, 1988.

 

Biography of Paul E. Schupp

Paul Schupp, born on March 12, 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio was a student of  Roger Lyndon's at the Univ. of Michigan. Where he wrote a thesis on "Dehn's Algorithm and the Conjugacy Problem". After a year at the University of Wisconsin he moved to the University of Illinois where he remained. For several years he was also concurrently Visiting Professor at the University Paris VII and a member of the Laboratoire d'Informatique Théorique et Programmation (founded by M. P. Schutzenberger).

Schupp further developed the use of cancellation diagrams in combinatorial group theory, introducing conjugacy diagrams, diagrams on compact surfaces, diagrams over free products with amalgamation and HNN extensions and applications to Artin groups. He then worked with David Muller on connections between group theory and formal language theory and on the theory of finite automata on infinite inputs. His current interest is using geometric methods to investigate the computational complexity of algorithms in combinatorial group theory.

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From the reviews:

"This book (...) defines the boundaries of the subject now called combinatorial group theory. (...)it is a considerable achievement to have concentrated a survey of the subject into 339 pages. This includes a substantial and useful bibliography; (over 1100 items). ...the book is a valuable and welcome addition to the literature, containing many results not previously available in a book. It will undoubtedly become a standard reference." Mathematical Reviews, AMS, 1979

"This is a reprint of the 1977 edition … of this famous and very popular book, which became a desk copy for everybody who is dealing with combinatorial group theory. The complete bibliography (more than 1000 titles) well reflects the situation in the combinatorial group theory at the time when the book was published. Definitely, since the face of combinatorial group theory has significantly changed … this well-written book still is very functional and efficient." (Igor Subbotin, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 997 (22), 2002)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Free Groups and Their Subgroups

    Lyndon, Roger C. (et al.)

    Pages 1-86

  • Generators and Relations

    Lyndon, Roger C. (et al.)

    Pages 87-113

  • Geometric Methods

    Lyndon, Roger C. (et al.)

    Pages 114-173

  • Free Products and HNN Extensions

    Lyndon, Roger C. (et al.)

    Pages 174-234

  • Small Cancellation Theory

    Lyndon, Roger C. (et al.)

    Pages 235-294

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Combinatorial Group Theory
Authors
Series Title
Classics in Mathematics
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-61896-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-61896-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-41158-1
Series ISSN
1431-0821
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 339
Additional Information
Reprint of the 1977 Edition (Ergebnisse der Mathematik und ihrer Grenzgebiete, Vol. 89)
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