Commutative Algebra: with a View Toward Algebraic Geometry (Graduate Texts in Mathematics (150))
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Commutative Algebra with a View Toward Algebraic Geometry
"This text has personality―Those familiar with Eisenbud"s own research will recognize its traces in his choice of topics and manner of approach. The book conveys infectious enthusiasm and the conviction that research in the field is active and yet accessible."―MATHEMATICAL REVIEWS
- Publisher : Springer (March 30, 1995)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 816 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0387942696
- ISBN-13 : 978-0387942698
- Item Weight : 5.49 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.1 x 1.85 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #497,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For instance, the front cover looks as though someone tried to upscale an image to make it fit the size required, and because of this, there is a lack of resolution in how it was printed. The second sign that my copy is not "authentic" is due to the fact that I have compared the size of my copy to the size other copies, and mine is far thicker, meaning that the paper that it was printed on is far thicker. Upon closer inspection, it is easy to detect differences in paper texture and quality between my copy and the others that I have seen.
This is not a knock on the book, just a knock on the distributor that sold it to Amazon (I bought it via the Amazon prime option). With those points aside, the book is completely readable and there aren't any major issues with my copy. I am however concerned about whether the binding process will hold up. If I have any issues with the binding, I'll update this in the future.
P.S. - I have a suspicion that my copy might have been illegally printed by a company and then sold as an authentic copy. If this is not what happened, then I guess Springer (which I has great graduate textbooks) is using an inferior printing process to what they have used in the past.
The book is extremely comprehensive as well, any time I have a question which can be phrased purely algebraically, Eisenbud is my first reference. On the other hand, this makes it the heaviest book on my shelf even as a paperback. 800 pages!
There is one section I did learn from as a first source, the introduction to homological algebra in the appendices which I found to be really well-done. It certainly isn't done in the generality or depth as Weibel, but if you are only interested in modules over a ring or the easy generalizations to quasi-coherent modules on a scheme, this is a great place to learn the essentials of things like derived functors, spectral sequences, and even a cursory intro to derived categories that allowed me to get into Weibel's derived category chapter with ease.
First, it is a delight to read. The clarity is excellent. It's understood that part of the clarity is based on reader's background! I didn't major in mathematics, and mine is an effort to (try to) learn some aspects of commutative algebra. Even with that sort of limited background of a beginner, I was able to tread through the material - as far as I read.
Second, the motivation and historical backgrounds are fantastic. Especially for someone who may not know a lot about connections with other areas, this was a great help in putting things in perspective. One downside is that it makes the chapter a little more verbose than it needs to be for a quick access. But then for me it was a virtue; someone else may not find it so.
Finally, the book doesn't have a strict linear flow. So it is somewhat easier, especially for an expert, to just pick a chapter and start reading it. A feature that I enjoy a lot in general, although I am not an expert in this area by any stretch.
My low rating pertains specifically to the paperback binding. This book is 800 pages long, and despite being printed on what appears to be very thin paper the book is twice as thick as nearly any other book I own. The paperback binding simply isn't up to the task of holding the book together -- if you read anything that isn't in the middle couple of chapters, it develops permanent creases. I expect my copy will have fallen completely apart within a month or so.
Honestly, this book should have been split into two volumes or something, because the current size is absurdly unwieldy. As things stand, I'd recommend trying to find a hardcover or eBook edition.
Top reviews from other countries
El libro llegó en buenas condiciones (algunos golpes no significativos). De hecho el libro fue impreso el mismo día que realice la compra.
Le livre d'Eisenbud est un excellent ouvrage!