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Cambridge tracts in mathematics ; 104 

Cambridge tracts in mathematics ; 104

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1. Preliminary Results  2. 2Structure in Finite Groups  3. Algebras, Codes, and Forms  4. Symplectic 2Loops  5. The Discovery, Existence, and Uniqueness of the Sporadics  6. The Mathieu Groups, Their Steiner Systems, and the Golay Code  7. The Geometry and Structure of M[subscript 24]  8. The Conway Groups and the Leech Lattice  9. Subgroups of [actual symbol not reproducible]  10. The Griess Algebra and the Monster  11. Subgroups of Groups of Monster Type  12. Coverings of Graphs and Simplicial Complexes  13. The Geometry of Amalgams  14. The Uniqueness of Groups of Type M[subscript 24], He, and L[subscript 5](2)  15. The Group U[subscript 4](3)  16. Groups of Conway, Suzuki, and HallJanko Type  17. Subgroups of Prime Order in Five Sporadic Groups 

Sporadic Groups is the first step in a programme to provide a uniform, selfcontained treatment of the foundational material on the sporadic finite simple groups. The classification of the finite simple groups is one of the premier achievements of modern mathematics. The classification demonstrates that each finite simple group is either a finite analogue of a simple Lie group or one of 26 pathological sporadic groups. Sporadic Groups provides for the first time a selfcontained treatment of the foundations of the theory of sporadic groups accessible to mathematicians with a basic background in finite groups such as in the author's text Finite Group Theory. Introductory material useful for studying the sporadics, such as a discussion of large extraspecial 2subgroups and Tits' coset geometries, opens the book. A construction of the Mathieu groups as the automorphism groups of Steiner systems follows. The Golay and Todd modules, and the 2local geometry for M24 are discussed. This is followed by the standard construction of Conway of the Leech lattice and the Conway group. The Monster is constructed as the automorphism group of the Griess algebra using some of the best features of the approaches of Griess, Conway, and Tits, plus a few new wrinkles. Researchers in finite group theory will find this text invaluable. The subjects treated will interest combinatorists, number theorists, and conformal field theorists 
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Sporadic groups (Mathematics)

