Nearrings: Geneses and Applications (Oxford Science Publications)

  • Publish Date: 1992-12-31
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: James R. Clay

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Although Nearrings arise naturally in various ways, most nearrings studied today arise as the endomorphisms of a group or cogroup object of a category. During the first half of the twentieth century, nearfields were formalized using applications to sharply transitive groups and to foundations of geometry. This book details the theoretical implications of how planar nearrings grew out of the geometric success of the planar nearfields and have found numerous applications to various branches of mathematics as well as to coding theory, cryptography, and the design of statistical families of mutually orthogonal Latin squares and constructive planes. As the author here illustrates, nearrings may lack the extra symmetry of a ring but there is often a very sophisticated elegance in their structure and, in finite circular planar nearrings, an abundance of symmetry.

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