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The Role of Nonassociative Algebra in Projective Geometry
 
John R. Faulkner University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
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The Role of Nonassociative Algebra in Projective Geometry
John R. Faulkner University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
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  • Book Details
     
     
    Graduate Studies in Mathematics
    Volume: 1592014; 229 pp
    MSC: Primary 51; 17;

    There is a particular fascination when two apparently disjoint areas of mathematics turn out to have a meaningful connection to each other. The main goal of this book is to provide a largely self-contained, in-depth account of the linkage between nonassociative algebra and projective planes, with particular emphasis on octonion planes. There are several new results and many, if not most, of the proofs are new. The development should be accessible to most graduate students and should give them introductions to two areas which are often referenced but not often taught.

    On the geometric side, the book introduces coordinates in projective planes and relates coordinate properties to transitivity properties of certain automorphisms and to configuration conditions. It also classifies higher-dimensional geometries and determines their automorphisms. The exceptional octonion plane is studied in detail in a geometric context that allows nondivision coordinates. An axiomatic version of that context is also provided. Finally, some connections of nonassociative algebra to other geometries, including buildings, are outlined.

    On the algebraic side, basic properties of alternative algebras are derived, including the classification of alternative division rings. As tools for the study of the geometries, an axiomatic development of dimension, the basics of quadratic forms, a treatment of homogeneous maps and their polarizations, and a study of norm forms on hermitian matrices over composition algebras are included.

    Readership

    Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in nonassociative algebra and projective geometry; physicists interested in division algebras and string theory.

  • Table of Contents
     
     
    • Chapters
    • Chapter 1. Affine and projective planes
    • Chapter 2. Central automorphisms of projective planes
    • Chapter 3. Coordinates for projective planes
    • Chapter 4. Alternative rings
    • Chapter 5. Configuration conditions
    • Chapter 6. Dimension theory
    • Chapter 7. Projective geometries
    • Chapter 8. Automorphisms of $\mathcal {G}(V)$
    • Chapter 9. Quadratic forms and orthogonal groups
    • Chapter 10. Homogeneous maps
    • Chapter 11. Norms and hermitian matrices
    • Chapter 12. Octonion planes
    • Chapter 13. Projective remoteness planes
    • Chapter 14. Other geometries
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Volume: 1592014; 229 pp
MSC: Primary 51; 17;

There is a particular fascination when two apparently disjoint areas of mathematics turn out to have a meaningful connection to each other. The main goal of this book is to provide a largely self-contained, in-depth account of the linkage between nonassociative algebra and projective planes, with particular emphasis on octonion planes. There are several new results and many, if not most, of the proofs are new. The development should be accessible to most graduate students and should give them introductions to two areas which are often referenced but not often taught.

On the geometric side, the book introduces coordinates in projective planes and relates coordinate properties to transitivity properties of certain automorphisms and to configuration conditions. It also classifies higher-dimensional geometries and determines their automorphisms. The exceptional octonion plane is studied in detail in a geometric context that allows nondivision coordinates. An axiomatic version of that context is also provided. Finally, some connections of nonassociative algebra to other geometries, including buildings, are outlined.

On the algebraic side, basic properties of alternative algebras are derived, including the classification of alternative division rings. As tools for the study of the geometries, an axiomatic development of dimension, the basics of quadratic forms, a treatment of homogeneous maps and their polarizations, and a study of norm forms on hermitian matrices over composition algebras are included.

Readership

Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in nonassociative algebra and projective geometry; physicists interested in division algebras and string theory.

  • Chapters
  • Chapter 1. Affine and projective planes
  • Chapter 2. Central automorphisms of projective planes
  • Chapter 3. Coordinates for projective planes
  • Chapter 4. Alternative rings
  • Chapter 5. Configuration conditions
  • Chapter 6. Dimension theory
  • Chapter 7. Projective geometries
  • Chapter 8. Automorphisms of $\mathcal {G}(V)$
  • Chapter 9. Quadratic forms and orthogonal groups
  • Chapter 10. Homogeneous maps
  • Chapter 11. Norms and hermitian matrices
  • Chapter 12. Octonion planes
  • Chapter 13. Projective remoteness planes
  • Chapter 14. Other geometries
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