Teaching Group Theory Using Portraits of Groups

Jay Zimmerman
Bridges Leeuwarden: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2008)
Pages 377–380


This paper looks at using the representation of small finite groups as groups of transformations of a compact surface of genus two or more to interest a general audience in the study of group theory. The ideas are presented in a very elementary way and the Portraits of Groups developed for previous Bridges conferences show interesting applications.