- Hardcover: 944 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (July 14, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471433349
- ISBN-13: 978-0471433347
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is awesome for self-studying. It contains so much information, presented very, very clearly, in the logical order than one expects things, with the desired intuition always present, by way of a deluge of relevant and interesting examples. There is a vast amount of exercises too, ranging from the very easy to quite difficult. One drawback is that the ocean of information sometimes obscures the main key points of each topic (which occurs less often in other presentations of the same material, like Jacobson's Basic Algebra I, for example). Also, it is my (beginner's) opinion that the presentation on rational canonical/Jordan forms in Chapter 12 is inferior to that found in Jacobson's Basic Algebra. On every other respect, however, I think this book is vastly superior to the alternatives. I can't recommend it enough.
The price is fairly high, but the book is huge. There is plenty of material here and it's arguably one of the few math books worth the list price. Nevertheless, you'd be better off finding a used copy as there are most likely many people who could not handle the subject and returned the book. If you're serious about learning algebra this is a must-have book. It will prepare you well for more advanced studies. There also seems to be a problem with the binding as my book and many of my classmates had problems with the cover ripping or spine splitting.
I've used others (Lang, Jacobson, and Herstein). If I had to order them it would be:
Dummit, Hersein, Jacobson, Lang. With Dummit being easily in first.
The material is explained very well in this book.
I found it much easier to learn from this book than the other books listed.
Also, this book covers everything a first year graduate would cover in algebra
(not that the others don't).
Lots of good stuff explained in a way that clicks with my brain.