School Seminars and Colloquia

Representations of the symmetric group


by Professor Stephen Bigelow

Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara
Date: Wed 10th August 2005
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Russell Love Theatre, Richard Berry Building, University of Melbourne

Abstract: The representation theory of the symmetric group is the study of homomorphisms from the symmetric group to a group of invertible matrices. If the entries in the matrices are in a field of characteristic zero, like the rational numbers, then there is a simple and beautiful classification of such homomorphisms. Over finite fields the situation is less well understood. There are some connections to knot theory that might
shed new light on the problem.

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