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Generators of R4

  1. May 24, 2009 #1
    Hey

    Does anyone know where I can find the generators of the group of rotations in four dimensions?

    thanks!
     
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  3. May 24, 2009 #2

    matt grime

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    The group of all rotation of R^4? That has an uncountable set of generators - I don't think you want to find those.
     
  4. Jun 1, 2009 #3
    only needed a set of six that did generate the entire group. Found them, rotations "around planes" instead of around axes. thanks anyway.
     
  5. Jun 1, 2009 #4

    George Jones

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    This is an example of miscommunication between pure mathematicians and theoretical physicists, for whom the term "generators of the group" means quite different things.

    Here, I think kaksmet was looking for a basis for the 6-dimensional Lie algebra of the Lie group of rotations on R^4.
     
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