Groups and Symmetry

Groups and Symmetry

Hardback Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics

By (author) Mark A. Armstrong

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  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
  • Format: Hardback | 187 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 239mm x 18mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 27 February 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0387966757
  • ISBN 13: 9780387966755
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 1st ed. 1988. Corr. 2nd printing 1997
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 303,731

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This is a gentle introduction to the vocabulary and many of the highlights of elementary group theory. Written in an informal style, the material is divided into short sections, each of which deals with an important result or a new idea. Includes more than 300 exercises and approximately 60 illustrations.

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M.A. Armstrong Groups and Symmetry "This book is a gentle introductory text on group theory and its application to the measurement of symmetry. It covers most of the material that one might expect to see in an undergraduate course ... The theory is amplified, exemplified and properly related to what this part of algebra is really for by discussion of a wide variety of geometrical phenomena in which groups measure symmetry. Overall, the author's plan, to base his treatment on the premise that groups and symmetry go together, is a very good one, and the book deserves to succeed."-MATHEMATICAL REVIEWS

Table of contents

Preface. 1: Symmetries of the Tetrahedron. 2: Axioms. 3: Numbers. 4: Dihedral Groups. 5: Subgroups and Generators. 6: Permutations. 7: Isomorphisms. 8: Plato's Solids and Cayley's Theorem. 9: Matrix Groups. 10: Products. 11: Lagrange's Theorem. 12: Partitions. 13: Cauchy's Theorem. 14: Conjugacy. 15: Quotient Groups. 16: Homomorphisms. 17: Actions, Orbits, and Stabalizers. 18: Counting Orbits. 19: Finite Rotation Groups. 20: The Sylow Theorems. 21: Finitely Generated Abelian Groups. 22: Row and Column Operations. 23: Automorphisms. 24: The Euclidean Group. 25: Lattices and Point Groups. 26: Wallpaper Patterns. 27: Free Groups and Presentations. 28: Trees and the Nielsen-Schreier Theorem. Bibliography. Index.