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Linear Algebra and Group Theory for Physicists: Second Edition
K. N. Srinivasa Rao, University of Mysore, India
A publication of Hindustan Book Agency.
Hindustan Book Agency
2006; 608 pp; hardcover
ISBN-10: 81-85931-64-X
ISBN-13: 978-81-85931-64-7
List Price: US$58
Member Price: US$46.40
Order Code: HIN/30
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Professor Srinivasa Rao's text on Linear Algebra and Group Theory is directed to undergraduate and graduate students who wish to acquire a solid theoretical foundation in these mathematical topics which find extensive use in physics. Based on courses delivered during Professor Srinivasa Rao's long career at the University of Mysore, this text is remarkable for its clear exposition of the subject.

Advanced students will find a range of topics such as the Representation theory of Linear Associative Algebras, a complete analysis of Dirac and Kemmer algebras, Representations of the Symmetric group via Young Tableaux, a systematic derivation of the Crystallographic point groups, a comprehensive and unified discussion of the Rotation and Lorentz groups and their representations, and an introduction to Dynkin diagrams in the classification of Lie groups. In addition, the first few chapters on Elementary Group Theory and Vector Spaces also provide useful instructional material even at an introductory level.

An authority on diverse aspects of mathematical physics, Professor Srinivasa Rao taught at the University of Mysore until 1982 and was subsequently at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He has authored a number of texts, among them The Rotation and Lorentz Groups and Their Representations for Physicists (Wiley, 1988) and Classical Mechanics (Universities Press, 2003). The first edition of Linear Algebra and Group Theory for Physicists was co-published in 1996 by New Age International and Wiley, New York.

A publication of Hindustan Book Agency; distributed within the Americas by the American Mathematical Society. Maximum discount of 20% for all commercial channels.


Undergraduate and graduate students interested in algebra and algebraic geometry.

Table of Contents

  • Elements of group theory
  • Some related algebraic structures
  • Linear vector space
  • Elements of representation theory
  • Representations of finite groups
  • Representations of linear associative algebras
  • Representations of the symmetric group
  • The rotation group and its representations
  • The crystallographic point groups
  • The Lorentz group and its representations
  • Introduction to the classification of Lie groups - Dynkin diagram
  • Index
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