Introduction to Part I

  • Bruce Chandler
  • Wilhelm Magnus
Part of the Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences book series (HISTORY, volume 9)


Combinatorial group theory may be characterized as the theory of groups which are given by generators and defining relations or, as we would say today, by a presentation. Of course, this is not a complete definition of the field and we shall not even try to give one. But at least for Part I it is a fully adequate description of the subject we plan to deal with.

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Chandler
    • 1
  • Wilhelm Magnus
    • 2
  1. 1.The College of Staten Island of The City University of New YorkStaten IslandUSA
  2. 2.New RochelleUSA

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