- 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 (72 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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D+F tries to straddle the line between being a book for advanced undergraduates and a book for graduate students and does a decent job. It is fairly readable, with many excellent exercises and lots of examples. The book also covers all the material in the standard graduate algebra sequence. The section on group theory is particularly good.
I think the biggest problem with D+F is that it is bland. The exposition isn't a joy to read and full of motivation like that of Halmos, Stillwell, or Eisenbud and it isn't full of deep insights like that of MacLane, Lang, or Artin. In addition Category Theory is pushed off to an appendix at the end of the book rather than integrated through the text. Finally the book is expensive and the binding is terrible.
If you want to learn algebra I would recommend purchasing some of these cheaper more focused texts since almost everything in D+F is treated better elsewhere:
Basic Algebra - Mac Lane + Birkhoff - Algebra 3rd Edition
Galois Theory: Stillwell - Elements of Algebra, Artin - Galois Theory
Commutative Algebra: Eisenbud - Commutative Algebra With a View Towards Algebraic Geometry
Homological Algebra: Weibel - An Introduction to Homological Algebra, Mac Lane - Homology
Representation Theory - Fulton + Harris - Representation Theory
If on the other hand you are already fairly comfortable with algebra and are looking for a one volume reference I would just buy Lang. It is less than half the price, more advanced, and has more material.
Dummit and Foote's exposition is very clear. The book is loaded with examples and the authors don't shy away from details, so you're not left scratching your head when you need information quickly. Most of their notation is fairly standard, and when it's not, the notation they do use is easily understood (and they have a reference table in the front!)
Ultimately, if you plan on studying mathematics at the graduate level, this book could be the only undergraduate algebra reference text you'll ever need since it's so comprehensive. This would, in my opinion, also serve as a very good 1 year course on Algebra for undergrads, as there are many different routes one can take through it, and it is very much self-contained.
The key to learning and understanding abstract algebra is to see lots and lots of worked out examples.