The Classification of the Finite Simple Groups
This work offers a single source of basic facts about the structure of the finite simple groups with emphasis on a detailed description of their ... Show synopsis This work offers a single source of basic facts about the structure of the finite simple groups with emphasis on a detailed description of their local subgroup structures, coverings, and automorphisms. The method is by examination of the specific groups, rather than by the development of an abstract theory of simple groups. While the purpose of the book is to provide the background for the proof of the classification of the finite simple groups - dictating the choice of topics - the subject matter is covered in such depth and detail that the book should be of interest to anyone seeking information about the structure of the finite simple groups. The treatment, however, is not self-contained. The authors rely on a small number of standard references whose results they extend and develop. This volume offers a wealth of basic facts and computations. Much of the material is not readily available from any other source. In particular, the book contains the statements and proofs of the fundamental Borel-Tits Theorem and Curtis-Tits Theorem. It also contains complete information about the centralizers of semisimple involutions in groups of Lie type, as well as many other local subgroups.