By Arjeh M. Cohen, Francis Buekenhout

This e-book presents a self-contained advent to diagram geometry. Tight connections with staff idea are proven. It treats skinny geometries (related to Coxeter teams) and thick structures from a diagrammatic viewpoint. Projective and affine geometry are major examples. Polar geometry is encouraged through polarities on diagram geometries and the entire class of these polar geometries whose projective planes are Desarguesian is given. It differs from Tits' complete remedy in that it makes use of Veldkamp's embeddings. The e-book intends to be a simple reference if you research diagram geometry. workforce theorists will locate examples of using diagram geometry. gentle on matroid thought is shed from the viewpoint of geometry with linear diagrams. these drawn to Coxeter teams and people attracted to structures will locate short yet self-contained introductions into those themes from the diagrammatic perspective. Graph theorists will locate many hugely general graphs. The textual content is written so graduate scholars could be capable of stick with the arguments with no need recourse to extra literature. a robust element of the ebook is the density of examples.

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6 Connectedness 21 Fig. 16 A chain from p to q An incidence system over I is itself the residue of the empty flag. So, if |I | ≥ 2 and it is residually connected, then it is connected. 3 Let I be finite and suppose that Γ is a residually connected incidence system over I . If i, j are distinct elements of I and p, q two elements of Γ , then there exists an {i, j }-chain from p to q. Proof We proceed by induction on the rank r of Γ = (X, ∗, τ ). For r = 2 the property is obvious by connectedness of Γ .

16 illustrates this argument. If we replace xa by this {i, j }-chain from xa−1 to xa+1 in the original chain, we find a new chain. Applying the same procedure to each element of the chain whose type is neither i nor j (there is one less of these in the new chain than in the original chain), we eventually arrive at an {i, j }-chain from p to q. 18 gives an example showing that the finiteness requirement on I in the lemma above is needed. The incidence system ({a, b}, ∗, τ ) over [3] with τ (a) = 1 and τ (b) = 2, in which all (three) pairs of elements are incident, is residually connected but not a geometry.

D) Prove that the group SL(F32 ) is simple. 29 Let G be the Frobenius group of order 21. This means that G has a normal subgroup c of order seven and a subgroup a of order three with aca −1 = c2 . Then d := ca = c−1 ac is also an element of order three. Consider the coset incidence system Γ = Γ (G, ( a , d )) over [2] (so a is an element of type 1). (a) Prove that Γ is isomorphic to PG(F32 ). (b) Conclude that G acts flag transitively on PG(F32 ). 4) Let φ : V → D be a nonzero linear form on the right vector space V of finite dimension at least two over the division ring D and let a ∈ V \ {0}.