# The Arcata Conference on Representations of Finite Groups

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Researchers in the fields of finite groups, representation
theory, and algebra will appreciate this volume for it presents an
excellent view of the many significant developments in the
representation theory of finite groups. The papers in these
proceedings were presented at the Summer Research Institute on
Representations of Finite Groups, held at Humboldt State University in
Arcata, California in July 1986.

There has been intense research in the representation theory of finite
groups in recent years. Particularly striking is the influence of algebraic
geometry and cohomology theory in the modular representation theory and the
character theory of reductive groups over finite fields, and in the general
modular representation theory of finite groups. Noteworthy too are the
continuing developments in block theory and the general character theory of
finite groups. These proceedings contain nearly 100 papers of an expository
and research nature and will give readers a sense of the new and important
influences in this vital field.