- Hardcover: 590 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (November 16, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201763907
- ISBN-13: 978-0201763904
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is broken into many small chapters, each of which can be easily translated into one or two hours of high-quality lecture. Thus, I can structure my lectures to closely follow the book, which has two advantages: (1) less preparation time for me (important when you have a heavy teaching load but still want to do a good job) and (2) The students have effectively a preprinted copy of the classroom lecture notes (so they can spend less time writing notes and more time paying attention and learning).
Fraleigh avoids the countless pitfalls which bedevil the naive algebra instructor (and many other textbook writers). He keeps things simple without making them stupid. Math students at my university have a wide range of background and skills. Some are highly talented and motivated, and I want to adequately prepare these students for graduate school. Others students are `future highschool teachers' (may God help our children) who apparently chose to study math because they thought it would resemble the polynomial arithmetic which they enjoyed in highschool, and who are often quite upset to discover otherwise. For these people, math is `supposed' to be computation, and any kind of logic or abstraction is anathema.
There are some abstract algebra texts (such as Bloch) which are designed to appeal to the `computational' crowd.Read more ›
Although, I did not use Fraleigh's textbook directly in the class I attended, I did use it as a frequent source of
explanation and/or practice with it's problem sets. Lets be realistic here, I've seen too many reviews of differnt Algebra
texts from D&F, Artin, Lang, Galian etc., saying something along the lines of "Textbook is not rigorious enough," or
"textbook is weak on theory," "textbook is not approrpiate for undergraduate course," and so on and so forth.
Although I do not deny that certain texts may be written poorely, the vast majority of complaints seem to be generated by certain percieved "defencies" in texts that do not attempt to be laconic (i.e D&F). Obviouslly, there exist suffecient
differences amongst the students who will take Abst. Algebra such that differnt types of textbooks are created to meet the
varying needs of these students.
It is in this context that Fraleigh's textbook should be reviewed. After looking at all the major texts out there for basic undergraduate Algebra (Artin, D&F, Rotman, Herstein, Gallian), I'd say Fraleigh belong somewhere between Galian and Herstein. It is true that it does not cover as much material as D&F, but clearly it was not written with the same purpose in mind as D&F.
If we compare Fraliegh with Herstein we admit that they both cover most of the same subjects in more or less similiar depth.
Herstein beats out Fraliegh 10-1 in all things Linear Algebra. However, I'd say the first 250 pages of "Topics in Algebra" is
roughly equivelent to the 493 pages of Fraleigh. So the question that is asked is why is Fraliegh almost double the size of Herstein?Read more ›
I would recommend, if you can afford it, also buying a copy of a zippier book like Hungerford or Dummit & Foote (ask around) and using it together with Fraleigh. Fraleigh won't let you down in terms of giving you the space you sometimes need to grasp things (for example, he gives Tons of examples, and there are plenty of easy exercises that allow you to soak in patterns in the structures for yourself) and an advanced book will give you increased perspective and power.
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Good book, although for physics major I reccomend to read 'groups and symmetry' written by Armstrong together with this book in order to get some intuition in group theory beside... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Will
Since this is my first exposure to abstract algebra, I can only say it was pleasant to read.
I really like the historical notes and the writing style seems refreshingly... Read more
I bought this book as a requirement for a Algebra class I'm taking. I didn't have any background in this type of math but the book does a better than average job of explaining the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book looks to be very thorough but many of the topics cannot be found in the index.Published 17 months ago by Steven A. Taylor
We are using this for my group theory class, which is predominantly third year math majors (although most are doubles - it isn't the honors section). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Somethingsomethingdarkside
I only bought this as it is required for my course. The author seems to skip some important steps that a first time student may not understand. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M Young
someone please correct the theorem on page 43! it's so obvious yet so misleading!