- Hardcover: 595 pages
- Publisher: Cengage Learning; 3 edition (July 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1111569622
- ISBN-13: 978-1111569624
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Thomas W. Hungerford received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has taught at the University of Washington and at Cleveland State University, and is now at St. Louis University. His research fields are algebra and mathematics education. He is the author of many notable books for undergraduate and graduate level courses. These include: ALGEBRA (Springer Verlag, Graduate Texts in Mathematics #73, 1974); ABSTRACT ALGEBRA: AN INTRODUCTION, Second Edition (Harcourt, 1997); MATHEMATICS WITH APPLICATIONS, Tenth Edition (Pearson, 2011; with M. Lial and J. Holcomb); and CONTEMPORARY PRECALCULUS: A GRAPHING APPROACH, Fifth Edition (Brooks/Cole, 2009; with D. Shaw).
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This book is on the defective list for a publishing error and is known to be missing these pages. (Per Cengage they are aware the first "few runs" are defective and have stated that these books are not to be sold) The publishing company has stated they cannot grant access to the ebook version unless it was purchased through cengagebrain.com
That's not counting the mistakes found throughout Selected Answers appendix. There is also no application, simply proof after proof, most that are written poorly, relying on what you're proving to complete the proof. Most of the problems are further proofs that you will need to do in order to accomplish other practice problems. Definitely not worth the money. Rent it if you must, but get the ebook so you have all the chapters.
This also states I bought a Kindle copy, but I have the hardback, so please know that I am talking about that actual hardback book.
The author seems to think it good practice to write in a "do it yourself" fashion. For instance, a theorem might be presented, and the theorem's proof might simply state "Exercise 10." Or, a proof might be something like "Take the proof of Theorem 2.10 and make appropriate changes in notation." The examples provided to illustrate the theorems aren't generally a lot better.
There are pages and pages of exercises. The author boasts that the latest edition now has 1600 exercises. It has, however, taken the idea of "selected" solutions to the extreme. There are just a handful of solutions and some of these are just sketches of solutions.
The other odd feature is that rings are presented before groups. The author claims there are advantages to doing things this way. That may well be, but if you decide you want to use supplementary texts, you'll find things done the other way around and you'll have difficulties unless you learn about groups simultaneously.
I will say that the writing is generally quite lucid and easy enough to follow. But that's not to say that I can heartily recommend the book. If you want to do self-study, start with Pinter's book, or access some of the abundant and free online material, including some excellent lecture series on YouTube.