Date: Sep 20, 2006 1:04 PM
Author: Colin McLarty
Subject: [HM] Weyl on the symbolic method for invariants



Kung and Rota their article `` Invariant theory of binary forms''
(Bulletin of the AMS, vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 27-85, 1984) say Hermann
Weyl called the symbolic method ``the warhorse of ninteenth century
invariant theory.''

The article gives no cite. Kung has told me he does not recall if
this was from some published source, or some comment Weyl made in
conversation, or even if it was made up as the kind of thing Weyl
would or should have said.

It does not seem to be in his book THE CLASSICAL GROUPS (where he does
treat the symbolic method), in his discussion of invariant theory in
his eulogies to Hilbert or Noether, or in any historical article I
have looked at.

Does anyone know a citation for this quote, or for anything like it?

Thanks, Colin