- Series: Universitext
- Hardcover: 388 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 2004 edition (November 6, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0387405100
- ISBN-13: 978-0387405100
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,811,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Theory of Finite Groups: An Introduction (Universitext) 2004th Edition
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H. Kurzweil and B. Stellmacher
The Theory of Finite Groups
"An exciting and refreshing contribution to an area in which challenges continue to flourish and to captivate the viewer. The text serves as a springboard for deeper study in many directions. One who completes this text not only gains an appreciation of both the depth and the breadth of the theory of finite groups, but also witnesses the evolutionary development of concepts that form a basis for current investigations."
"The book under review is incontrovertible proof that the theory of finite groups per se is alive and well too. … is also a marvelous treatment of a large chunk of what is going on today. … There are a lot of nice exercises, the scholarship is phenomenally thorough … . The entire presentation is quite elegant. … If I, personally, should wish to learn a lot of serious finite group theory I’d go with this book … ." (Michael Berg, MathDL The MAA Mathematical Sciences Digital Library, July, 2004)
"This book is a tour de force. In the space of 387 pages, it takes the reader from the definition of a group … developing and illustrating many of the deepest techniques which have been deployed in the analysis of finite simple groups. … It is also fascinating reading for anyone interested in getting an excellent introduction to a wide spectrum of ideas and methods, many originating in Thompson’s N-group papers, which played a critical role in the original proof of the classification theorem." (Ronald Solomon, SIAM Reviews, Vol. 47 (4), 2005)
"This is the English translation of the book ‘Theorie der endlichen Gruppen’ (1998), which has met warmest reception and has been reviewed enthusiastically. … a book which gives a deep insight into the modern theory of finite groups." (G.Kowol, Monatshefte für Mathematik, Vol. 146 (2), 2005)
"This valuable text is a welcome translation of the highly-regarded German version … . As a whole this book is carefully constructed and shows all the hallmarks of having been honed over a number of years so that the necessary concepts are all in place when needed, and the development unfolds in a fluent manner. … This is a book which every serious student of finite groups will want to own, and one which makes a highly significant contribution to the discipline." (Robert T. Curtis, The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 89 (515), 2005)
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From reviews of the German Edition:
"This is an exciting text and a refreshing contribution to an area in which challenges continue to flourish and to captivate the viewer. Even though representation theory and constructions of simple groups have been omitted, the text serves as a springboard for deeper study in many directions. One who completes this text not only gains an appreciation of both the depth and the breadth of the theory of finite groups, but also witnesses the evolutionary development of concepts that form a basis for current investigations. This is accomplished by providing a thread that permits a natural flow from one concept to another rather than compartmentalizing. Operators on sets and groups are introduced early and used effectively throughout. The bibliography provides excellent supplemental support."
H. Bechtell, Mathematical Reviews
"Altogether, we have a well written book, which gives an introduction into the field and furthermore shows us one of the most active recent areas of research. This is the first book which shows us the amalgam method and moreover shows us how it works. Maybe it can get the same influence on group theory today as Gorenstein's famous book got in the late sixtees and seventees. This book should be in any library."
G. Stroth, Zentralblatt
Top customer reviews
write intelligibly this abomination stands out as
truly horrific --- if you already have a decent
knowledge of group theory you can translate the
first half into earthspeak (albeit with effort)
however, the second half is absolutely hopeless --
of course, if the title had been " a dense and
unrewarding slog thru technical minutiae " ,
then buyers could beware --- hence, the publishers
must be held to account when they irresponsibly and
misleadingly label this an " introduction ?????!! "
such dishonesty hasn't been seen since the ratings
agencies doomed us all to hell in 2008