- Hardcover: 386 pages
- Publisher: Virginia Commonwealth University Mathematics (June 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982406223
- ISBN-13: 978-0982406229
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,385,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Abstract Algebra: Theory and Applications
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1. The author gives it away online, if you want, but the hardcover is so reasonably priced (compare to today's textbook prices!) that having a printed book and supporting the author is the way to go.
2. There is supplementary material at the author's site, including applications with the incredible freeware math package Sage.
3. The book is comprehensive, covering all of the usual theory but also including important modern applications to cryptography.
4. The book is clearly written, and, with some diligence, suited to self-study.
Very small ones.
1. There are a few editing issues (but nothing remotely serious).
2. The typeface is small.
3. The book takes no prisoners (see below).
The book opens with the usual review of proofs, set theory, etc., and then gets into a very comprehensive treatment of groups. Rings are then covered and the book winds up with vector spaces and fields. All about what you'd expect, but the applications are there, especially to cryptography, and advanced stuff (think Galois and the like) is introduced. The problems range from pure exercises to serious challenge, and some solutions are available.
The writing is good. The book is clear and lucid, though not wordy: you'll need to pay close attention especially if learning on your own.
Above I mention that the book takes no prisoners. What I mean is that the author does not compromise. Nothing is "light" or "easy" or glossed over. The book demands much of the student and provides much in return. It is most definitely not for dabblers. But if you are serious about learning this subject, the book will pay back your efforts and then some.
I have to commend the author for making such a good textbook, with all its supplements, available to the public at such a reasonable cost (no cost at all, if you don't want the hardcover edition). I hope such offerings can counteract the textbook greed that today harms rather than helps the student. Hats off to Dr. Judson for this easy to recommend book.
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But I found the book kind of disjointed in its organization and presentation.Read more