Modes of Communication. Growth and Distribution of Research in Group Theory
In this chapter we discuss the growth, distribution, and modes of communication” of mathematical research in the period from 1880 to the end of World War II. We do not refer exclusively to research in a particular branch of mathematics, although soine of the examples we give are taken from the literature quoted in the present book. We cannot confine ourselves to combinatorial group theory—there are comparatively few papers on this subject, and they have been mentioned and analyzed in the previous chapters. But we shall comment briefly on the spread of research in the theory of finite groups and we shall note that it differs from that in other disciplines. The modes of communication are well documented in the publications of the period under consideration (1880–1918), both in journals and books as well as in personal documents such as the letters of Minkowski  to Hilbert.
KeywordsFinite Group International Congress Algebraic Number Field Mathematical Paper Combinatorial Group Theory
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