The Linear, Projective and Symplectic Groups

Part of the Progress in Mathematics book series (PM, volume 23)


As formerly, whenever V is a variety, defined over a field k, we denote by Vk the set of points of V, rational over k; a vectorspace of dimension d over k can always be denoted by Rk, where R is an affine space of dimension d in the sense of algebraic geometry. In particular, any algebra over k can be so written; the obvious extension to R of the multiplication-law on the algebra Rk makes R into an algebra-variety, defined over k (which means that the multiplication-law on R is defined over k). The given algebra Rk over k is absolutely semisimple if and only if R is so, i.e. if and only if R is isomorphic (over the universal domain) to a direct sum of matrix algebras.


Algebraic Group Haar Measure Division Algebra Matrix Algebra Orthogonal Group 
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© Birkhäuser Boston 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Weil
    • 1
  1. 1.The Institute for Advanced StudyPrincetonUSA

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