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Emergence of the Theory of Lie Groups: An Essay in the History of Mathematics 1869-1926 - Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (Paperback)
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Emergence of the Theory of Lie Groups: An Essay in the History of Mathematics 1869-1926 - Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (Paperback)

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The great Norwegian mathematician Sophus Lie developed the general theory of transformations in the 1870s, and the first part of the book properly focuses on his work. In the second part the central figure is Wilhelm Killing, who developed structure and classification of semisimple Lie algebras. The third part focuses on the developments of the representation of Lie algebras, in particular the work of Elie Cartan. The book concludes with the work of Hermann Weyl and his contemporaries on the structure and representation of Lie groups which serves to bring together much of the earlier work into a coherent theory while at the same time opening up significant avenues for further work.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
ISBN: 9781461270423
Number of pages: 566
Weight: 884 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 30 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 200


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"....this study is just as clearly a stunning achievement. Few historians of mathematics have made a serious attempt to cross the bridge joining the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and those who have made the journey have tended to avert their eyes from the mainstream traffic....the single greatest merit of Hawkins' book is that the author tries to place the reader in the middle of the action, offering a close up look at how mathematics gets made...Hawkins' account of this strange but wonderful saga resurrects a heroic chapter in the history of mathematics. For anyone with a serious interest in the rich background developments that led to modern Lie theory, this book should be browsed, read, savored, and read again."

-Notices of the AMS

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