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Elements of Algebra Hardcover – October 8, 1984

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  • Hardcover: 593 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; Reprint of the 5th edition Longman, Orme, and Co., London 1840. edition (October 8, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387960147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387960142
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,679,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a facsimile reprint of John Hewlett's 1840 translation of Euler's Algebra and Lagrange's Additions thereto. Most of Euler's contribution is elementary, nothing more advanced than solving quartic equations, but worth having in order to appreciate his leisurely and effective style---would that more great mathematicians wrote so well and to such pedagogic effect. However, one third of the book is his lucid treatment of questions in number theory, and it is this material that drew Lagrange's comments. Here for the first time are the rigorous treatments of continued fractions and "Pell's" equation, and of quadratic forms. The combination of Euler's and Lagrange's tests, of experimental and theoretical research in Weil's description, is justly celebrated by the editors of Euler's Opera omnia, who print the two together, and it is good to see this classic back in print in English. Every library without much Euler should at least have this volume. It is accompanied by an excerpt of Horner's memoir on the life of Euler, and a eulogy by Truesdell, with a useful bibliography." -- MATHEMATICAL REVIEWS

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Text: English, French, German (translation)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Apollonius on August 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Elements of Algebra by Leonhard Euler is in a class all its own. His masterful exposition of rudimentary and not-so-rudimentary algebra is extraordinarily clear and notably readable. The problems that Euler designed are both profoundly elegant and in-depth. A percentage of each of his problem sets is relatively straightforward while other problems require some attentive thought. If one is interested in becoming a proficient algebraist in the classical sense, then Euler's work will greatly facilitate this objective. If one simply desires to 'read' mathematics for the sheer pleasure of it, this book will fulfill that aim.

By the way, the other reviewer's one-star rating has to do with a softcover and edited edition of this work.
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