Jordan-Hölder Theorem

The Jordan-Hölder Theorem is a result in group theory, named for Camille Jordan and Otto Hölder. It states that any two Jordan-Hölder series of the same group are equivalent. Jordan proved that the cardinalities of the quotients are invariant up to order in 1869 (?); Hölder proved that the quotients are in fact isomorphic in 1889. In 1928, Schreier published an improved proof using Schreier's Theorem. Six years later, in 1934, Zassenhaus improved Scheier's proof, using Zassenhaus's Lemma.


Suppose $\Sigma_1$ and $\Sigma_2$ are two Jordan-Hölder series for the same group. By Schreier's Theorem, there exist equivalent composition series $\Sigma'_1$ and $\Sigma'_2$, finer than $\Sigma_1$ and $\Sigma_2$ respectively. But since $\Sigma_1$ and $\Sigma_2$ are Jordan-Hölder composition series, they are obtained from $\Sigma'_1$ and $\Sigma'_2$ by removing repetitions; hence they are equivalent. $\blacksquare$

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