2 1. Introduction

graduate students and should be accessible to students with a strong

background in linear algebra and a basic knowledge of abstract al-

gebra. Theoretical material in this book is supplemented by many

problems and exercises which touch upon a lot of additional topics;

the more diﬃcult exercises are provided with hints.

The book covers a number of standard topics in representation

theory of groups, associative algebras, Lie algebras, and quivers. For

a more detailed treatment of these topics, we refer the reader to the

textbooks [S], [FH], and [CR]. We mostly follow [FH], with the

exception of the sections discussing quivers, which follow [BGP], and

the sections on homological algebra and finite dimensional algebras,

for which we recommend [W] and [CR], respectively.

The organization of the book is as follows.

Chapter 2 is devoted to the basics of representation theory. Here

we review the basics of abstract algebra (groups, rings, modules,

ideals, tensor products, symmetric and exterior powers, etc.), as well

as give the main definitions of representation theory and discuss the

objects whose representations we will study (associative algebras,

groups, quivers, and Lie algebras).

Chapter 3 introduces the main general results about representa-

tions of associative algebras (the density theorem, the Jordan-H¨older

theorem, the Krull-Schmidt theorem, and the structure theorem for

finite dimensional algebras).

In Chapter 4 we discuss the basic results about representations of

finite groups. Here we prove Maschke’s theorem and the orthogonality

of characters and matrix elements and compute character tables and

tensor product multiplicities for the simplest finite groups. We also

discuss the Frobenius determinant, which was a starting point for

development of the representation theory of finite groups.

We continue to study representations of finite groups in Chapter

5, treating more advanced and special topics, such as the Frobenius-

Schur indicator, the Frobenius divisibility theorem, the Burnside the-

orem, the Frobenius formula for the character of an induced repre-

sentation, representations of the symmetric group and the general