On the Beginnings and Development of Near-Ring Theory

Part of the Mathematics and Its Applications book series (MAIA, volume 336)


Twenty-five years ago, late in 1968, the first conference on near-rings and near-fields took place in the Mathematische Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (Germany). Hence it seems appropriate to present a (mainly) historical survey “on the beginnings and development of near-ring theory”, I hope this will provide some welcome background information on our subject. and sometimes returning to important work of the past stimulates new ideas how to proceed further.


Permutation Group Galois Theory Translation Plane Affine Plane Galois Field 
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Bibliographical Note

  1. G. Betsch: Fastringe. Zulassungsarbeit. Tübingen 1959.Google Scholar
  2. G. Betsch: Wielandt’s work on near-rings. In: Helmut Wielandt, Mathematical Works, Volume 1, pp. 741–745. Berlin-New York, de Gruyter 1994.Google Scholar
  3. J. J. Gray, H. Kaiser, E. Scholz: Ausblick auf Entwicklungen im 20. Jahrhundert. Chapter 15 of E. Scholz (Ed.), Geschichte der Algebra. Mannheim 1990.Google Scholar
  4. H. Wähling: Introduction to his book: Theorie der Fastkörper, Essen: Thales 1987.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mathematical InstituteUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany

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