Synopses & Reviews
This volume of the Encyclopaedia contains two contributions on closely related subjects: the theory of linear algebraic groups and invariant theory. The first part is written by T.A. Springer, a well-known expert in the first mentioned field. He presents a comprehensive survey, which contains numerous sketched proofs and he discusses the particular features of algebraic groups over special fields (finite, local, and global). The authors of part two, E.B. Vinberg and V.L. Popov, are among the most active researchers in invariant theory. The last 20 years have been a period of vigorous development in this field due to the influence of modern methods from algebraic geometry. The book will be very useful as a reference and research guide to graduate students and researchers in mathematics and theoretical physics.
Synopsis
The problems being solved by invariant theory are far-reaching generalizations and extensions of problems on the "reduction to canonical form" of various is almost the same thing, projective geometry. objects of linear algebra or, what Invariant theory has a ISO-year history, which has seen alternating periods of growth and stagnation, and changes in the formulation of problems, methods of solution, and fields of application. In the last two decades invariant theory has experienced a period of growth, stimulated by a previous development of the theory of algebraic groups and commutative algebra. It is now viewed as a branch of the theory of algebraic transformation groups (and under a broader interpretation can be identified with this theory). We will freely use the theory of algebraic groups, an exposition of which can be found, for example, in the first article of the present volume. We will also assume the reader is familiar with the basic concepts and simplest theorems of commutative algebra and algebraic geometry; when deeper results are needed, we will cite them in the text or provide suitable references.
Synopsis
Two contributions on closely related subjects: the theory of linear algebraic groups and invariant theory, by well-known experts in the fields. The book will be very useful as a reference and research guide to graduate students and researchers in mathematics and theoretical physics.
Table of Contents
Contents: Linear Algebraic Groups by T.A. Springer.- Invariant Theory by V.L. Popov and E.B. Vinberg.