Qty:1
  • List Price: $17.95
  • Save: $7.67 (43%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
A Book of Abstract Algebr... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $2.00
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

A Book of Abstract Algebra: Second Edition (Dover Books on Mathematics) Paperback – December 17, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0486474175 ISBN-10: 0486474178 Edition: Second Edition

Buy New
Price: $10.28
57 New from $9.29 37 Used from $5.52
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$10.28
$9.29 $4.84

Frequently Bought Together

A Book of Abstract Algebra: Second Edition (Dover Books on Mathematics) + Introduction to Topology: Third Edition (Dover Books on Mathematics) + Introduction to Graph Theory (Dover Books on Mathematics)
Price for all three: $23.11

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: Dover Books on Mathematics
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Second Edition edition (December 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486474178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486474175
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

This introductory book on abstract algebra is simply superb.
A reader
There are a few typos in this book, but you'll always be able to figure out what the author means.
deluger
This book elaborates the subject such well and it is very reader friendly.
CW

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

315 of 325 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Urban on February 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
Each class I've taken as a grad student, I've gone a little overboard buying all sorts of books on the subject matter. I like that each author has a unique style and approach.

In abstract algebra, there are the standards (Dummit, Hungerford, etc). These are the more down-and-dirty texts. They're good. They're thorough. They're rigorous. They do the job quite well if you already have some familiarity with the subject.

Then there are the older, cheaper books, like Deskins. It's alright. Some people nay-say it, but whatever: it's cheap and is one more voice to add to the choir.

Pinter, though, reads like a novel---and not in a cheesy way. As I waited for a friend in Barnes and Noble, I half-heartedly picked it up to skim through it... The introduction hooked me--it sums up what lies ahead like a movie trailer, leaving one mad to find out the whole story. Some might shrug this book off as a lowly "undergraduate" book, but if this is the case, you're missing out on the one author who has been able to deftly convey just how inspiring this subject really is. No other book has convinced me of the power of abstract algebra like this book.

Will it be the only book you read on the subject? If it is, then it was a good choice.

Having experience with the more standard tomes out there, there is the chance that I think this reads like a novel and is "so good" because I am familiar with the material. But, seriously, this is the kind of book that you're lucky to stumble across, whoever you are: a math nerd, physics geek, bio dweeb, or chem freak. This book will, at the least, open your eyes to well-kept secrets of higher mathematics.
7 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
167 of 174 people found the following review helpful By sp on February 22, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book on abstract algebra that makes the transition into this difficult area
as painless as possible. As a engineer who was forced to learn group theory, I read through at least 50 books
on this subject (another good choice is
Groups and Their Graphs by Grossman)
and Pinter's treatment was the most user friendly treatment I came across.

I have no doubt that most physicists and applied scientists would
also love the style of this book. However, ivory tower mathematics types might put their nose up at the
way Pinter develops the material.
Specifically, this book goes to great lengths to show the scaffolding behind the ideas and proofs. Concrete
examples and toy problems are given without apology.
As a result, the
mathematics is brought alive and not depicted as cold and detached theorem proving. This book actually
is a perfect response to the snobby elitism exuded by many
advanced math texts. Overall, this book is a model of good mathematics texbook writing. My highest recommendation.
9 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A reader on August 19, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I fully agree with the comments of the previous reviewers. This introductory book on abstract algebra is simply superb.
The author uses a discursive language, pretty unusual for a book of this type but extremely effective. While going through this book, you have the impression not of reading a textbook but of "listening" to the author talking to you.
I am not a professional mathematician, and therefore I don't feel entitled to judge about its mathematical rigor but I have read and studied similar textbooks on the subject (like Fraleigh and Gallian) and the clarity of this book surpasses them all.
The author provides lots of exercises and some worked out solutions.
Definitively this is my strongest recommendation for a book on this subject.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Steve on December 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
This books starts with an historical chapter which not only provides the history of abstract algebra, but also offers a perspective along the lines of "Why would anyone want to do this at all? What good is it for anything?"

The book then offers a very step-by-step, each idea carefully explained approach to the subject. Each chapter ends with multiple exercises which show applications as well as theory. The problems themselves are broken into steps or stages, for those of us who are not experienced with theoretical math. Some of the problems are solved at the back of the book (though I wish more were solved).

The level of the proofs in the book is excellent for someone like myself with a background in applied math, but not much by way of theoretical math. No steps are skipped, everything is spelled out. For a college or university that likes to really "challenge" its students with books that race through the material, or pack the material very densely, some professors might find this book too easy. But for a school that wants to make sure everyone can keep up -- and also for self-study as I'm doing -- I highly recommend this textbook.

The only thing I wish they'd add in a future edition are more solutions to the problems, and also a glossary of symbols and terms.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By deluger on January 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
When I first learned that the general quintic polynomial equation was insolvable by radicals, such a counter-intuitive idea, I wanted to learn Abstract Algebra primarily to understand it, and when I took Abstract Algebra in college they bombarded me with a "completist" agenda whereby it seemed they tried to teach everything there was to know about group theory, instead of just what was relevant to prove truly remarkable results. So, I was disappointed. That's also my complaint with most Abstract Algebra textbooks. Then, when I found this book, I was excited, because I was able to learn all the essentials I needed to understand the insolvability of the quintic. After this book proves that remarkable result, it ends, and that's what I love about this book. If you're looking for a completist treatment of Abstract Algebra, consider Dummit and Foote, what I used in college. But, if you're primarily interested in a very lucid, accessible, yet intricate proof of the insolvability of the quintic, then by all means buy this book! Sure, there are other tangential topics in exercises, an optional chapter, and _sprinkled_ throughout but these are usually indicated as such and don't obtrude the main inquiry. Other remarkable results treated in this book are the impossibility of certain compass and straight-edge constructions that tormented geometers for over two thousand years. There are a few typos in this book, but you'll always be able to figure out what the author means.
So, definitely pick up this wonderful book! I can't reccomend it more! I've been re-reading it for months now!
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?