*Alexander A. Ivanov*

- Published in print:
- 2004
- Published Online:
- September 2007
- ISBN:
- 9780198527596
- eISBN:
- 9780191713163
- Item type:
- book

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198527596.001.0001
- Subject:
- Mathematics, Pure Mathematics

This book illustrates how different methods of finite group theory including representation theory, cohomology theory, combinatorial group theory, and local analysis, are combined to construct one of ...
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This book illustrates how different methods of finite group theory including representation theory, cohomology theory, combinatorial group theory, and local analysis, are combined to construct one of the last of the sporadic finite simple groups — the fourth Janko group J4. This book's approach is based on analysis of group amalgams and the geometry of the complexes of these amalgams with emphasis on the underlying theory.Less

This book illustrates how different methods of finite group theory including representation theory, cohomology theory, combinatorial group theory, and local analysis, are combined to construct one of the last of the sporadic finite simple groups — the fourth Janko group J_{4}. This book's approach is based on analysis of group amalgams and the geometry of the complexes of these amalgams with emphasis on the underlying theory.

*Paul Baird and John C. Wood*

- Published in print:
- 2003
- Published Online:
- September 2007
- ISBN:
- 9780198503620
- eISBN:
- 9780191708435
- Item type:
- book

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198503620.001.0001
- Subject:
- Mathematics, Pure Mathematics

Harmonic morphisms are maps which preserve Laplace's equation. More explicitly, a map between Riemannian manifolds is called a harmonic morphism if its composition with any locally defined harmonic ...
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Harmonic morphisms are maps which preserve Laplace's equation. More explicitly, a map between Riemannian manifolds is called a harmonic morphism if its composition with any locally defined harmonic function on the codomain is a harmonic function on the domain; it thus ‘pulls back’ germs of harmonic functions to germs of harmonic functions. Harmonic morphisms can be characterized as harmonic maps satisfying a condition dual to weak conformality called ‘horizontal weak conformality’ or ‘semiconformality’. Examples include harmonic functions, conformal mappings in the plane, holomorphic mappings with values in a Riemann surface, and certain submersions arising from Killing fields and geodesic fields. The study of harmonic morphisms involves many different branches of mathematics: the book includes discussion on aspects of the theory of foliations, polynomials induced by Clifford systems and orthogonal multiplications, twistor and mini-twistor spaces, and Hermitian structures. Relations with topology are discussed, including Seifert fibre spaces and circle actions, also relations with isoparametric functions and the Beltrami fields equation of hydrodynamics.Less

Harmonic morphisms are maps which preserve Laplace's equation. More explicitly, a map between Riemannian manifolds is called a harmonic morphism if its composition with any locally defined harmonic function on the codomain is a harmonic function on the domain; it thus ‘pulls back’ germs of harmonic functions to germs of harmonic functions. Harmonic morphisms can be characterized as harmonic maps satisfying a condition dual to weak conformality called ‘horizontal weak conformality’ or ‘semiconformality’. Examples include harmonic functions, conformal mappings in the plane, holomorphic mappings with values in a Riemann surface, and certain submersions arising from Killing fields and geodesic fields. The study of harmonic morphisms involves many different branches of mathematics: the book includes discussion on aspects of the theory of foliations, polynomials induced by Clifford systems and orthogonal multiplications, twistor and mini-twistor spaces, and Hermitian structures. Relations with topology are discussed, including Seifert fibre spaces and circle actions, also relations with isoparametric functions and the Beltrami fields equation of hydrodynamics.

*David P. Blecher and Christian Le Merdy*

- Published in print:
- 2004
- Published Online:
- September 2007
- ISBN:
- 9780198526599
- eISBN:
- 9780191712159
- Item type:
- book

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526599.001.0001
- Subject:
- Mathematics, Pure Mathematics

This book presents the general theory of algebras of operators on a Hilbert space, and the modules over such algebras. The new theory of operator spaces is presented early on and the text assembles ...
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This book presents the general theory of algebras of operators on a Hilbert space, and the modules over such algebras. The new theory of operator spaces is presented early on and the text assembles the basic concepts, theory, and methodologies. A major trend in modern mathematics, inspired largely by physics, is toward ‘noncommutative’ or ‘quantized’ phenomena. In functional analysis, this has appeared notably under the name of ‘operator spaces’, which is a variant of Banach spaces which is particularly appropriate for solving problems concerning spaces or algebras of operators on Hilbert space arising in ‘noncommutative mathematics’. The category of operator spaces includes operator algebras, selfadjoint (that is, C*-algebras) or otherwise. Also, most of the important modules over operator algebras are operator spaces. A common treatment of the subjects of C*-algebras, nonselfadjoint operator algebras, and modules over such algebras (such as Hilbert C*-modules), together under the umbrella of operator space theory, is the main topic of the book. A general theory of operator algebras and their modules naturally develops out of the operator space methodology. Indeed, operator space theory is a sensitive enough medium to reflect accurately many important noncommutative phenomena. Using recent advances in the field, the book shows how the underlying operator space structure captures, very precisely, the profound relations between the algebraic and the functional analytic structures involved. The rich interplay between spectral theory, operator theory, C*-algebra and von Neumann algebra techniques, and the influx of important ideas from related disciplines, such as pure algebra, Banach space theory, Banach algebras, and abstract function theory is highlighted. Each chapter ends with a section of notes containing additional information.Less

This book presents the general theory of algebras of operators on a Hilbert space, and the modules over such algebras. The new theory of operator spaces is presented early on and the text assembles the basic concepts, theory, and methodologies. A major trend in modern mathematics, inspired largely by physics, is toward ‘noncommutative’ or ‘quantized’ phenomena. In functional analysis, this has appeared notably under the name of ‘operator spaces’, which is a variant of Banach spaces which is particularly appropriate for solving problems concerning spaces or algebras of operators on Hilbert space arising in ‘noncommutative mathematics’. The category of operator spaces includes operator algebras, selfadjoint (that is, C*-algebras) or otherwise. Also, most of the important modules over operator algebras are operator spaces. A common treatment of the subjects of C*-algebras, nonselfadjoint operator algebras, and modules over such algebras (such as Hilbert C*-modules), together under the umbrella of operator space theory, is the main topic of the book. A general theory of operator algebras and their modules naturally develops out of the operator space methodology. Indeed, operator space theory is a sensitive enough medium to reflect accurately many important noncommutative phenomena. Using recent advances in the field, the book shows how the underlying operator space structure captures, very precisely, the profound relations between the algebraic and the functional analytic structures involved. The rich interplay between spectral theory, operator theory, C*-algebra and von Neumann algebra techniques, and the influx of important ideas from related disciplines, such as pure algebra, Banach space theory, Banach algebras, and abstract function theory is highlighted. Each chapter ends with a section of notes containing additional information.

*John C. Lennox and Derek J. S. Robinson*

- Published in print:
- 2004
- Published Online:
- September 2007
- ISBN:
- 9780198507284
- eISBN:
- 9780191709326
- Item type:
- book

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198507284.001.0001
- Subject:
- Mathematics, Pure Mathematics

This book provides a comprehensive account of the theory of infinite soluble groups, from its foundations up to research level. Topics covered include: polycyclic groups, Cernikov groups, Mal’cev ...
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This book provides a comprehensive account of the theory of infinite soluble groups, from its foundations up to research level. Topics covered include: polycyclic groups, Cernikov groups, Mal’cev completions, soluble linear groups, P. Hall’s theory of finitely generated soluble groups, soluble groups with finite rank, soluble groups whose abelian subgroups satisfy finiteness conditions, simple modules over polycyclic groups, the Jategaonkar-Roseblade theorem, centrality in finitely generated soluble groups and the Lennox-Roseblade theorem, algorithmic problems for polycyclic and metabelian groups, cohomological topics including groups with finite (co)homological dimension and vanishing theorems, finitely presented soluble groups, constructible soluble groups, the Bieri-Strebel invariant, subnormality, and soluble groups.Less

This book provides a comprehensive account of the theory of infinite soluble groups, from its foundations up to research level. Topics covered include: polycyclic groups, Cernikov groups, Mal’cev completions, soluble linear groups, P. Hall’s theory of finitely generated soluble groups, soluble groups with finite rank, soluble groups whose abelian subgroups satisfy finiteness conditions, simple modules over polycyclic groups, the Jategaonkar-Roseblade theorem, centrality in finitely generated soluble groups and the Lennox-Roseblade theorem, algorithmic problems for polycyclic and metabelian groups, cohomological topics including groups with finite (co)homological dimension and vanishing theorems, finitely presented soluble groups, constructible soluble groups, the Bieri-Strebel invariant, subnormality, and soluble groups.