The Math Forum

Search All of the Math Forum:

Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by NCTM or The Math Forum.

Math Forum » Discussions » Inactive » Historia-Matematica

Notice: We are no longer accepting new posts, but the forums will continue to be readable.

Topic: [HM] Weyl on the symbolic method for invariants
Replies: 2   Last Post: Sep 26, 2006 9:37 AM

Advanced Search

Back to Topic List Back to Topic List Jump to Tree View Jump to Tree View   Messages: [ Previous | Next ]
Colin McLarty

Posts: 11
Registered: 3/3/06
[HM] Weyl on the symbolic method for invariants
Posted: Sep 20, 2006 1:04 PM
  Click to see the message monospaced in plain text Plain Text   Click to reply to this topic Reply

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

Point your RSS reader here for a feed of the latest messages in this topic.

[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]

© The Math Forum at NCTM 1994-2018. All Rights Reserved.