© 1998

Generalized Polygons


Part of the Modern Birkhäuser Classics book series (MBC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Hendrik Van Maldeghem
    Pages 1-47
  3. Hendrik Van Maldeghem
    Pages 49-86
  4. Hendrik Van Maldeghem
    Pages 87-134
  5. Hendrik Van Maldeghem
    Pages 135-171
  6. Hendrik Van Maldeghem
    Pages 173-238
  7. Hendrik Van Maldeghem
    Pages 239-303
  8. Hendrik Van Maldeghem
    Pages 305-359
  9. Hendrik Van Maldeghem
    Pages 361-405
  10. Hendrik Van Maldeghem
    Pages 407-425
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 427-502

About this book


Generalized Polygons is the first book to cover, in a coherent manner, the theory of polygons from scratch. In particular, it fills elementary gaps in the literature and gives an up-to-date account of current research in this area, including most proofs, which are often unified and streamlined in comparison to the versions generally known.

Generalized Polygons will be welcomed both by the student seeking an introduction to the subject as well as the researcher who will value the work as a reference. In particular, it will be of great value for specialists working in the field of generalized polygons (which are, incidentally, the rank 2 Tits-buildings) or in fields directly related to Tits-buildings, incidence geometry and finite geometry.

The approach taken in the book is of geometric nature, but algebraic results are included and proven (in a geometric way!). A noteworthy feature is that the book unifies and generalizes notions, definitions and results that exist for quadrangles, hexagons, octagons - in the literature very often considered separately - to polygons. Many alternative in the book heighten the sense of beauty of the subject and help to provide further insight into the matter.


It is a complete introduction to generalized polygons and it is a reliable and extensive source for references on generalized polygons. (…) the theory is developed from scratch (…) All basic properties are given with proofs and the classical examples are discussed in detail. (…) The author is a leading expert on generalized polygons (…) besides original, elegant, geometric proofs by the author the book features also previously unpublished results by other authors. As a real jewel, material on Moufang polygons presented by Jacques Tits in lectures and seminars at the Collège de France is worked into the book.

(Zentralblatt MATH)


DEX Eigenvalue Finite Morphism algebra automorphism boundary element method diagrams eXist field finite geometry geometry homomorphism proof theorem

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Department of MathematicsGhent UniversityGentBelgium

About the authors

Hendrik Van Maldeghem is a Professor of Mathematics at the Ghent University.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Generalized Polygons
  • Authors Hendrik Van Maldeghem
  • Series Title Modern Birkhäuser Classics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Basel AG 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Basel
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-0348-0270-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-0348-0271-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 502
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geometry
    Algebraic Geometry
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