I am writing up an article on the RSK correspondence. To this end, I want to understand the history behind the invention of the Young tableaux and how it was introduced into the study of the symmetry group by Frobenius.

Could someone point me towards some articles/books that talk about this particular historical development (excluding Curtis's book Pioneers of Representation Theory and Lam's article in the Notices).

Thank you.

  • $\begingroup$ +1 for "I am writing up an article on the RSK correspondence." $\endgroup$ Dec 2, 2011 at 18:29
  • $\begingroup$ @darijgrinberg: :-).. it was all very hush-hush. $\endgroup$ Dec 2, 2011 at 18:34

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Gian-Carlo Rota's entertaining Indiscrete Thoughts (Birkhäuser 2008), although primarily about Princeton mathematics from 1950 to 1990, devotes six pages to Alfred Young, including the history you're interested in -- it's more dramatic than I would have thought.

I'll be interested to read your RSK history piece. As someone interested in history of mathematics, could I ask if you know anything pertinent to Fibonacci, compositions, history?


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