RT Journal Article
SR Electronic
T1 Mathematical Groups
JF Science
JO Science
FD American Association for the Advancement of Science
SP 146
OP 147
DO 10.1126/science.181.4095.146-a
VO 181
IS 4095
A1 H., A. L.
YR 1973
UL http://science.sciencemag.org/content/181/4095/146.2.abstract
AB One of the simplest and most useful algebraic structures is the group, study of which dates back to 1830. The concept is not only of mathematical interest, but has found application in fields ranging from quantum mechanics to crystallography. Despite their long history and many uses, groups remain a remote concept to many. Since the accompanying two articles concern advances in group theory and its applications, this short summary of the basic axioms and properties of groups is offered as a convenient primer.