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ISBN-13: 978-0387942902 ISBN-10: 0387942904 Edition: 1st

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"...The book is written in a very clear and pleasing style. Each of the 9 chapters of the book concludes with a section called "Discussions", which contains very interesting and valuable historical information and comments on the topics presented in the respective chapter. We strongly recommend this nice volume not only to beginners but also to experts."--MATHEMATICAL REVIEWS

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  • Series: Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1st edition (July 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387942904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387942902
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Viktor Blasjo on March 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Today there is a dangerously firm consensus on what should constitute the abstract algebra courses. Authors have been given the freedom to forget all about motivation. They often begin chapters by claiming that "it is necessary to..." and then they give the usual hyperabstract definitions and theorems.* Stillwell's book on the other hand is the perfect book for those of us who are not satisfied by merely being told what is necessary or what is interesting. Stillwell always explains why. The understanding of context and motivation often comes from an understanding of the historical development. Stillwell discusses these matters in an informal manner that is pleasant to read and very enlightening. The goal of the book is to show the unifying and clarifying role of algebra in mathematics, reaching a natural high point with Galois theory. With these goals, instead of abstraction for its own sake, it turns out that quite a bit of the modern abstract algebra machinery is not really necessary after all. Just as an illustration: this book contains no commutative diagrams at all.

*) There appears to be a trend away from this attitude, but never as well executed as in Stillwell. The third edition of Stewart's Galois Theory is an example of how previously minimalist texts are being padded with lots of chitchat while little has changed in substance. The very mainstream algebra book of Beachy & Blair introduces the chapter on groups by saying that "the human body exhibits bilateral symmetry". There is none of this vague, pretentious nonsense in Stillwell.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By James M. Cargal on June 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The title of this book is misleading. It essentially a book on Galois Theory based upon a course Dr. Stillwell taught (so he told me). I am sure that that was a great course; I think that Stillwell is one of the best writers in mathematics. But I would not teach a course out of this book at the undergraduate level. It is a great book to read for the student of Abstract Algebra. Although he introduces group theory in the text, I think the fundamental test is group theory: If you already know some group theory then you may enjoy this book as much as I did (which is quite a lot).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Methaya Sirichit on December 28, 2010
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This is a lean book with serious content. It is also the first book on higher algebra that I attempted to read. Now I understand why mathematicians of the past took pains in their attempts to solve cubic, biquadratic and quintic equations. It all began with the construction problems in geometry and arithmetic solution of geometric theorems. Algebra brings all those things together, provides new grounds and even leads us to better things. Algebra is something most of us hate in school because, back then, it seemed so pointless solving some odd equations. With Stillwell's book, everything now makes perfect sense. Historical backgrounds and underlying concepts of the subject woven together into a very satisfying account. This book is a very pleasurable read and its educational value is superb. Stillwell provides us with a grand insight that only someone who spend his entire career in mathematics can do. Algebra has become a delightful thing with Stillwell's treatment. It should be a compulsory read for every undergrads who had to study abstract algebra in college.

Elements of Algebra is best studied along with Mathematics and Its History (Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics), also by Stillwell, which expands some of the topics that is treated too briefly in this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charles Broming on August 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book does an excellent job of developing core algebraic theories at a level appropriate for undergraduates in a way that links them to other disciplines of mathematics so as to reveal some of the power of algebraic tools when they are used to reveal fundamental properties of mathematical structures and relationships among them, especially geometry, topology and number theory. I have to admit that I've become a "fan" of Stillwell's expository style and perspective on the development of mathematical topics and theories for undergraduates. i've found his The Four Pillars of Geometry - The Four Pillars of Geometry - to be excellent, too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas Miari on January 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Another excellent exposition by John Stilwell of more-than-high-school mathematics, with no further requirement. A must for all those who like to
read enjoyable texts on such foundational topics, but reject the all-pervasive "Proposition/Proof/That's it, Figure-it-out-yourself/Proposition..." style on math books. For the rest of us. If "Elements of Number Theory" is recommended before diving into Dedekind's "Theory of Algebraic Integers", this one is great to prepare yourself for Emil Artin.

Thanks again, John.
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