Essays in the History of Lie Groups and Algebraic Groups (History of Mathematics)

Essays in the History of Lie Groups and Algebraic Groups (History of Mathematics)


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Algebraic groups and Lie groups are important in most major areas of mathematics, occuring in diverse roles such as the symmetries of differential equations and as central figures in the Langlands program for number theory. In this book, Professor Borel looks at the development of the theory of Lie groups and algebraic groups, highlighting the evolution from the almost purely local theory at the start to the global theory that we know today. As the starting point of this passage from local to global, the author takes Lie's theory of local analytic transformation groups and Lie algebras. He then follows the globalization of the process in its two most important frameworks: (transcendental) differential geometry and algebraic geometry. Chapters II to IV are devoted to the former, Chapters V to VIII, to the latter.The essays in the first part of the book survey various proofs of the full reducibility of linear representations of $SL 2M$, the contributions H. Weyl to representation and invariant theory for Lie groups, and conclude with a chapter on E. Cartan's theory of symmetric spaces and Lie groups in the large. The second part of the book starts with Chapter V describing the development of the theory of linear algebraic groups in the 19th century. Many of the main contributions here are due to E. Study, E. Cartan, and above all, to L. Maurer. After being abandoned for nearly 50 years, the theory was revived by Chevalley and Kolchin and then further developed by many others. This is the focus of Chapter VI. The book concludes with two chapters on various aspects of the works of Chevalley on Lie groups and algebraic groups and Kolchin on algebraic groups and the Galois theory of differential fields. The author brings a unique perspective to this study. As an important developer of some of the modern elements of both the differential geometric and the algebraic geometric sides of the theory, he has a particularly deep appreciation of the underlying mathematics. His lifelong involvement and his historical research in the subject give him a special appreciation of the story of its development.


Overview Full reducibility and invariants for $\mathbf{SL} 2(\mathbb C)$ Hermann Weyl and Lie groups Elie Cartan, symmetric spaces and Lie groups Linear algebraic groups in the 19th century Linear algebraic groups in the 20th century The work of Chevalley in Lie groups and algebraic groups Algebraic groups and Galois theory in the work of Ellis R. Kolchin Name index Subject index Photo section.

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  • ISBN13: 9780821802885
  • Format: Hardback
  • ID: 9780821802885
  • ISBN10: 0821802887

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