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Book DetailsMathematical Surveys and MonographsVolume: 168; 2010MSC: Primary 16; 05; 20; 17; 14; 81;
The main goal of this book is to present an introduction to and applications of the theory of Hopf algebras. The authors also discuss some important aspects of the theory of Lie algebras.
The first chapter can be viewed as a primer on Lie algebras, with the main goal to explain and prove the Gabriel–Bernstein–Gelfand–Ponomarev theorem on the correspondence between the representations of Lie algebras and quivers; this material has not previously appeared in book form.
The next two chapters are also “primers” on coalgebras and Hopf algebras, respectively; they aim specifically to give sufficient background on these topics for use in the main part of the book. Chapters 4–7 are devoted to four of the most beautiful Hopf algebras currently known: the Hopf algebra of symmetric functions, the Hopf algebra of representations of the symmetric groups (although these two are isomorphic, they are very different in the aspects they bring to the forefront), the Hopf algebras of the nonsymmetric and quasisymmetric functions (these two are dual and both generalize the previous two), and the Hopf algebra of permutations. The last chapter is a survey of applications of Hopf algebras in many varied parts of mathematics and physics.
Unique features of the book include a new way to introduce Hopf algebras and coalgebras, an extensive discussion of the many universal properties of the functor of the Witt vectors, a thorough discussion of duality aspects of all the Hopf algebras mentioned, emphasis on the combinatorial aspects of Hopf algebras, and a survey of applications already mentioned. The book also contains an extensive (more than 700 entries) bibliography.ReadershipResearch mathematicians interested in Hopf algebras and Lie algebras.

Table of Contents

Chapters

1. Lie algebras and Dynkin diagrams

2. Coalgebras: Motivation, definitions, and examples

3. Bialgebras and Hopf algebras. Motivation, definitions, and examples

4. The Hopf algebra of symmetric functions

5. The representations of the symmetric groups from the Hopf algebra point of view

6. The Hopf algebra of noncommutative symmetric functions and the Hopf algebra of quasisymmetric functions

7. The Hopf algebra of permutations

8. Hopf algebras: Applications in and interrelations with other parts of mathematics and physics


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The main goal of this book is to present an introduction to and applications of the theory of Hopf algebras. The authors also discuss some important aspects of the theory of Lie algebras.
The first chapter can be viewed as a primer on Lie algebras, with the main goal to explain and prove the Gabriel–Bernstein–Gelfand–Ponomarev theorem on the correspondence between the representations of Lie algebras and quivers; this material has not previously appeared in book form.
The next two chapters are also “primers” on coalgebras and Hopf algebras, respectively; they aim specifically to give sufficient background on these topics for use in the main part of the book. Chapters 4–7 are devoted to four of the most beautiful Hopf algebras currently known: the Hopf algebra of symmetric functions, the Hopf algebra of representations of the symmetric groups (although these two are isomorphic, they are very different in the aspects they bring to the forefront), the Hopf algebras of the nonsymmetric and quasisymmetric functions (these two are dual and both generalize the previous two), and the Hopf algebra of permutations. The last chapter is a survey of applications of Hopf algebras in many varied parts of mathematics and physics.
Unique features of the book include a new way to introduce Hopf algebras and coalgebras, an extensive discussion of the many universal properties of the functor of the Witt vectors, a thorough discussion of duality aspects of all the Hopf algebras mentioned, emphasis on the combinatorial aspects of Hopf algebras, and a survey of applications already mentioned. The book also contains an extensive (more than 700 entries) bibliography.
Research mathematicians interested in Hopf algebras and Lie algebras.

Chapters

1. Lie algebras and Dynkin diagrams

2. Coalgebras: Motivation, definitions, and examples

3. Bialgebras and Hopf algebras. Motivation, definitions, and examples

4. The Hopf algebra of symmetric functions

5. The representations of the symmetric groups from the Hopf algebra point of view

6. The Hopf algebra of noncommutative symmetric functions and the Hopf algebra of quasisymmetric functions

7. The Hopf algebra of permutations

8. Hopf algebras: Applications in and interrelations with other parts of mathematics and physics