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This book offers a self-contained and up-to-date account of the representation theory of finite groups and associative rings and algebras. It pays particular attention to the theory of induced characters and induced representations, quasi-Frobenius rings and Frobenius algebras, integral representations, and the theory of modular representations. While emphasizing general methods and building the theory on the study of modules over rings with minimal condition, the book features enough examples and problems to help the researcher who needs to compute explicit representations for particular groups. In addition, the text includes some applications of group representations to the structure theory of finite groups, and a survey of current literature dealing with these applications. Neither encyclopedic nor historical in nature, this work concentrates instead on the most important and fruitful results, yet includes as much preliminary material as necessary for their proofs.
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