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Concrete Approach to Abstract Algebra (Dover Books on Advanced Mathematics) Paperback – June, 1978

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ISBN-13: 978-0486636474 ISBN-10: 048663647X Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Books on Advanced Mathematics
  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Pubns; Reprint edition (June 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048663647X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486636474
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,941,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By sp on April 29, 2010
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W.W. Sawyer was one of the most innovative mathematics teachers of his
time. The idea of this book was to make abstract mathematics understandable
to those looking in from the outside - such as engineers. This book has much
to offer the reader in terms of originality and pedagogy. However, be warned that
although it is above the level of bedtime reading, this book
is not suitable for use as a textbook in a university abstract algebra course as
it does not cover all the requisite material. Readers looking for a glimpse into modern algebra
who do not want to deal with the turgid theorem/proof style of modern mathematics
texts will find this book easy and rewarding reading. Those taking a class in abstract algebra
will find this book more useful as supplementary reading. If you enjoy this book
I would also recommend the more mainstream (but still excellent and original)
text "A Book of Abstract Algebra" by Pinter. The combination of these books
gave me the tools I needed to learn the basics of abstract algebra without
having to subject myself to the snobbish and elitist undertones found in most advanced
mathematics texts on this subject matter.

Good Luck !
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