Cohomology of Finite Groups

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Some Historical Background This book deals with the cohomology of groups, particularly finite ones. Historically, the subject has been one of significant interaction between algebra and topology and has directly led to the creation of such important areas of mathematics as homo­ logical algebra and algebraic K-theory. It arose primarily in the 1920's and 1930's independently in number theory and topology. In topology the main focus was on the work ofH. Hopf, but B. Eckmann, S. Eilenberg, and S. MacLane (among others) made significant contributions. The main thrust of the early work here was to try to understand the meanings of the low dimensional homology groups of a space X. For example, if the universal cover of X was three connected, it was known that H2(X; A. ) depends only on the fundamental group of X. Group cohomology initially appeared to explain this dependence. In number theory, group cohomology arose as a natural device for describing the main theorems of class field theory and, in particular, for describing and analyzing the Brauer group of a field. It also arose naturally in the study of group extensions, N


I. Group Extensions, Simple Algebras and Cohomology.- II. Classifying Spaces and Group Cohomology.- III. Invariants and Cohomology of Groups.- IV. Spectral Sequences and Detection Theorems.- V. G-Complexes and Equivariant Cohomology.- VI. The Cohomology of the Symmetric Groups.- VII. Finite Groups of Lie Type.- VIII. Cohomology of Sporadic Simple Groups.- IX. The Plus Construction and Applications.- X. The Schur Subgroup of the Brauer Group.- References.



From the reviews of the second edition:
"This book is very different from other treatments since it emphasizes the computational aspects of the cohomology of finite groups with coefficients in a field. ... I say merely that each mathematician interested in algebra and topology should have a copy of this book on their shelf and make sure that their librarian gets one as well. Overall I thoroughly recommend this book and believe that it will be a useful book for introducing students to cohomological methods for groups." (Manuel Ladra Gonzalez, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1061 (12), 2005)
EAN: 9783540202837
ISBN: 3540202838
Untertitel: 2nd ed. 2004. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2003
Seitenanzahl: 340 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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