Mathematics Colloquia and Seminars

Return to Colloquia & Seminar listing

A new proof of the hook formula

Algebra & Discrete Mathematics

Speaker: Jason Bandlow, UCSD
Location: 1147 MSB
Start time: Thu, Feb 1 2007, 3:10PM

The hook-length formula is a well known result expressing the number of standard tableaux of shape $\lambda$ in terms of the lengths of the hooks in the diagram of $\lambda$. Many proofs of this fact have been given, of varying complexity. I'll give a new and simple proof which uses only some power series and partial fractions expansions. Other versions of the hook formula will also be discussed.