Burnside's Theorem on matrix algebras

Joel H. Shapiro


Lecture Notes, May 2014
Abstract: Notes for a lecture I gave at the Portland State University Analysis Seminar during the Spring term 2014. The notes describe the 1905 theorem of William Burnside showing that the only irreducible algebra of n x n matrices is the full algebra of all n x n matrices. Also included is the application of this theorem to triangularization of commutative families of matrices.

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