By Brian Hall

This textbook treats Lie teams, Lie algebras and their representations in an undemanding yet absolutely rigorous style requiring minimum necessities. particularly, the speculation of matrix Lie teams and their Lie algebras is constructed utilizing basically linear algebra, and extra motivation and instinct for proofs is supplied than in such a lot vintage texts at the subject.

In addition to its obtainable therapy of the fundamental thought of Lie teams and Lie algebras, the ebook is additionally noteworthy for including:

- a therapy of the Baker–Campbell–Hausdorff formulation and its use as opposed to the Frobenius theorem to set up deeper effects concerning the dating among Lie teams and Lie algebras
- motivation for the equipment of roots, weights and the Weyl workforce through a concrete and distinctive exposition of the illustration concept of sl(3;
**C**) - an unconventional definition of semisimplicity that permits for a swift improvement of the constitution idea of semisimple Lie algebras
- a self-contained building of the representations of compact teams, self reliant of Lie-algebraic arguments

The moment variation of *Lie teams, Lie Algebras, and Representations* comprises many great advancements and additions, between them: a completely new half dedicated to the constitution and illustration thought of compact Lie teams; a whole derivation of the most houses of root structures; the development of finite-dimensional representations of semisimple Lie algebras has been elaborated; a remedy of common enveloping algebras, together with an evidence of the Poincaré–Birkhoff–Witt theorem and the life of Verma modules; entire proofs of the Weyl personality formulation, the Weyl measurement formulation and the Kostant multiplicity formula.

**Review of the 1st edition**:

*This is a superb booklet. It merits to, and absolutely will, turn into the traditional textual content for early graduate classes in Lie team concept ... a huge addition to the textbook literature ... it's hugely recommended.*

― The Mathematical Gazette

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6. 6) (−1)m+1 log A = m=1 (A − I)m m is defined and continuous on the set of all n×n complex matrices A with A − I < 1, and log A is real if A is real. For all A with A − I < 1, elog A = A. For all X with X < log 2, eX − 1 < 1 and log eX = X. Proof. 6) converges absolutely whenever A − I < 1. The proof of continuity is essentially the same as for the exponential. 6) is real, and so log A is real. We will now show that exp(log A) = A for all A with A − I < 1. We do this by considering two cases.

1) are continuous. 1) converges uniformly on each set of the form { X ≤ R}, and so the sum is again continuous. 3. Let X, Y be arbitrary n × n matrices. Then 1. e0 = I. −1 2. eX is invertible, and eX = e−X . 3. e(α+β)X = eαX eβX for all real or complex numbers α, β. 4. If XY = Y X, then eX+Y = eX eY = eY eX . −1 5. If C is invertible, then eCXC = CeX C −1 . 6. eX ≤ e X . It is not true in general that eX+Y = eX eY , although by 4) it is true if X and Y commute. This is a crucial point, which we will consider in detail later.

Suppose gn are elements of G, and that gn → I. Let Yn = log gn , which is defined for all sufficiently large n. Suppose Yn / Yn → Y ∈ gl (n; C). Then Y ∈ g. Proof. To show that Y ∈ g, we must show that exp tY ∈ G for all t ∈ R. As n → ∞, (t/ Yn ) Yn → tY . Note that since gn → I, Yn → 0, and so Yn → 0. Thus we can find integers mn such that (mn Yn ) → t. Then exp (mn Yn ) = m m exp [(mn Yn ) (Yn / Yn )] → exp (tY ). But exp (mn Yn ) = exp (Yn ) n = (gn ) n ∈ G, and G is closed, so exp (tY ) ∈ G.