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Author Bender, Helmut, 1942-

Title Local analysis for the odd order theorem / Helmut Bender and George Glauberman, with the assistance of Walter Carlip.

Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.


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Physical description xi, 174 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series London Mathematical Society lecture note series ; 188.
London Mathematical Society lecture note series ; 188.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-168) and index.
Contents Ch. I. Preliminary Results. 1. Elementary Properties of Solvable Groups. 2. General Results on Representations. 3. Actions of Frobenius Groups and Related Results. 4. p-Groups of Small Rank. 5. Narrow p-Groups. 6. Additional Results -- Ch. II. The Uniqueness Theorem. 7. The Transitivity Theorem. 8. The Fitting Subgroup of a Maximal Subgroup. 9. The Uniqueness Theorem -- Ch. III. Maximal Subgroups. 10. The Subgroups M[subscript [alpha]] and A[subscript [sigma]]. 11. Exceptional Maximal Subgroups. 12. The Subgroup E. 13. Prime Action -- Ch. IV. The Family of All Maximal Subgroups of G. 14. Maximal Subgroups of Type [actual symbol not reproducible] and Counting Arguments. 15. The Subgroup M[subscript F]. 16. The Main Results -- App. A: Prerequisites and p-Stability -- App. B: The Puig Subgroup -- App. C: The Final Contradiction -- App. D: CN-Groups of Odd Order -- App. E: Further Results of Feit and Thompson.
Summary In 1963 Walter Feit and John G. Thompson proved the Odd Order Theorem, which states that every finite group of odd order is solvable. The influence of both the theorem and its proof on the further development of finite group theory can hardly be overestimated. The proof consists of a set of preliminary results followed by three parts: local analysis, characters, and generators and relations (Chapters IV, V, and VI of the paper). Local analysis is the study of the centralizers and normalizers of non-identity p-subgroups, with Sylow's Theorem as the first main tool. The main purpose of the book is to present a new version of the local analysis of the Feit-Thompson Theorem (Chapter IV of the original paper and its preliminaries). It includes a recent (1991) significant improvement by Feit and Thompson and a short revision by T. Peterfalvi of the separate final section of the second half of the proof. The book should interest finite group theorists as well as other mathematicians who wish to get a glimpse of one of the most famous and most forbidding theorems in mathematics. Current research may eventually lead to a revised proof of the entire theorem, but this goal is several years away. For the present, the authors are publishing this work as a set of lecture notes to contribute to the general understanding of the theorem and to further improvements.
Other author Glauberman, G., 1941-
Carlip, Walter, 1956-
Subject Feit-Thompson theorem.
Solvable groups.
ISBN 0521457165 (paperback)