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2.0 out of 5 stars Too terse for my needs, January 2, 2009
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This review is from: Galois Theory for Beginners: A Historical Perspective (Student Mathematical Library) (Student Matehmatical Library) (Paperback)
When I see "for Beginners" in the title of a math book, my expectation is that the proofs of theorems will contain many simple steps and build on well-formulated definitions. This book did not meet those expectations. The proofs were terse and hard to follow, and the nomenclature was stilted (probably a result from translating the original German prose). The first few chapters were fine, and at times even interesting, but from chapter 4 onward, the text became unreadable for a true beginner. Very disappointing, especially considering the book's steep price.
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Initial post: Mar 23, 2009, 4:23:36 AM PDT
Ernestoh says:
I fully agree with this comment

Posted on May 4, 2009, 6:16:17 PM PDT
Michael, I appreciate your review, but I think it's important for you to state your mathematical background (education etc.) so that people can more easily assess whether the book will also be too terse for them!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2015, 3:11:04 PM PDT
I have a masters degree in Computer Science. I've taken an upper division class in Abstract Algebra, and I study group/field/ring theory for fun. My preference for higher level of detail probably comes from my background as a software developer. Mathematicians will most likely feel differently.
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