Difference sets : connecting algebra, combinatorics and geometry
- Emily H. Moore, Harriet S. Pollatsek.
- Providence, Rhode Island : American Mathematical Society, 
- Physical description
- xiii, 298 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
- Student mathematical library ; v. 67.
Math & Statistics Library
QA166.25 .M66 2013
- Unknown QA166.25 .M66 2013
- Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
- Table of Contents:* Introduction * Designs * Automorphisms of designs * Introducing difference sets * Bruck-Ryser-Chowla theorem * Multipliers * Necessary group conditions * Difference sets from geometry * Families from Hadamard matrices * Representation theory * Group characters * Using algebraic number theory * Applications * Background * Notation * Hints and solutions to selected exercises * Bibliography * Index * Index of parameters.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publisher's Summary
- Difference sets belong both to group theory and to combinatorics. Studying them requires tools from geometry, number theory, and representation theory. This book lays a foundation for these topics, including a primer on representations and characters of finite groups. It makes the research literature on difference sets accessible to students who have studied linear algebra and abstract algebra, and it prepares them to do their own research. This text is suitable for an undergraduate capstone course, since it illuminates the many links among topics that the students have already studied. To this end, almost every chapter ends with a coda highlighting the main ideas and emphasising mathematical connections. This book can also be used for self-study by anyone interested in these connections and concrete examples. An abundance of exercises, varying from straightforward to challenging, invites the reader to solve puzzles, construct proofs, and investigate problems - by hand or on a computer. Hints and solutions are provided for selected exercises, and there is an extensive bibliography. The last chapter introduces a number of applications to real-world problems and offers suggestions for further reading. Both authors are experienced teachers who have successfully supervised undergraduate research on difference sets.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Difference sets.
- Combinatorial geometry.
- Combinatorics -- Designs and configurations -- Difference sets (number-theoretic, group-theoretic, etc.)
- Combinatorics -- Designs and configurations -- Matrices (incidence, Hadamard, etc.)
- Combinatorics -- Designs and configurations -- Finite geometries.
- Number theory -- Algebraic number theory: global fields -- Algebraic numbers; rings of algebraic integers.
- Group theory and generalizations -- Representation theory of groups -- Ordinary representations and characters.
- Geometry -- Finite geometry and special incidence structures -- Affine and projective planes.
- Publication date
- Student mathematical library ; volume 67
- 9780821891766 (alk. paper)
- 0821891766 (alk. paper)