The Geometry of the Octonions (Paperback)

The Geometry of the Octonions By Tevian Dray, Corinne A. Manogue Cover Image

The Geometry of the Octonions (Paperback)


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There are precisely two further generalizations of the real and complex numbers, namely, the quaternions and the octonions. The quaternions naturally describe rotations in three dimensions. In fact, all (continuous) symmetry groups are based on one of these four number systems. This book provides an elementary introduction to the properties of the octonions, with emphasis on their geometric structure. Elementary applications covered include the rotation groups and their spacetime generalization, the Lorentz group, as well as the eigenvalue problem for Hermitian matrices. In addition, more sophisticated applications include the exceptional Lie groups, octonionic projective spaces, and applications to particle physics including the remarkable fact that classical supersymmetry only exists in particular spacetime dimensions.

Product Details ISBN: 9789811218187
ISBN-10: 9811218188
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company
Publication Date: April 20th, 2015
Pages: 228
Language: English