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Introductory book on Lie Groups?

  1. Jul 17, 2010 #1


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    Hi. I'm looking for an introductory book on Lie Groups and Lie Algebras and their applications in physics. Preferably the kind of book that emphasizes understanding, applications and examples, rather than proofs. Any suggestions?

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    The first introduction I read on Lie groups was Lie Groups for Pedestrians. It's short, cheap, easy to read, and presumes no more knowledge than knowing about angular momentum algebra in quantum mechanics.
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  5. Jul 18, 2010 #4


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    I like:: Lie Groups, Lie Algebras, and Some of Their Applications by Robert Gilmore.
    It's only $20 in paperback through Amazon.
  6. Jul 18, 2010 #5


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    Brian Hall's book is nice. It's pure math, but it doesn't require any differential geometry. It doesn't contain any applications to physics.
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