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A First Course in Abstract Algebra

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Considered a classic by many, John Fraleigh's A First Course in Abstract Algebra is an in-depth introductory text for the Abstract Algebra course. Focused on groups, rings and fields, this text gives students a firm foundation for more specialized work by emphasizing an understanding of the nature of algebraic structures. It is geared towards high level courses at schools ...more
Hardcover, 536 pages
Published November 13th 1998 by Addison Wesley Publishing Company (first published December 1967)
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Marius
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely well-written. I used it for my first course in algebra and also as a cross reference in other courses, for instance Galois theory. The author explains the concepts in a natural and easy way. A very nice read, indeed.
Geoffrey Lee
Dec 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is possibly one of the most elegant books on mathematics I have ever read. It really motivates the many of the definitions rather then just throwing them at you which many other authors do (like Lang, but that's not really an introductory book anyways). The best part of this book is the range of difficulty in exercises. Not only is this book good for learning algebra, it is good for learning the art of doing mathematics. The only one criticism I have on the book is its glossed hand-waving t ...more
信傑 廖
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe this is one of the most succesful textbook designed for the beginners of abstract algebra.I used this book for my first step in abstract algebra. It is clearly written and also well-motivated. Beside the basic part of algbra, it also contains some introductions to Sylow theorem and Galois theory and also some topics related to other areas such as the introduction to algebraic topology. It offers abundant examples after each definition and theorem and the exercises after each section in ...more
dead letter office
Apr 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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i used an oldschool version of this text to learn introductory abstract algebra. it was brilliant.

old-fashioned and clear, with no distracting pictures or annoying applications. i think the new one got spiced up a bit for the modern audience, so try to get your hands on the one with the cloth cover from the sixties. it's all the basics on groups, rings, and fields.
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Erickson
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In general, for physics students there is no need to read the whole book and only the above chapters are needed for all practical purposes at undergraduate level. In particular, one at least need to learn Group Action. Chapter 1-3 are the most essential introduction, while chapter 4,5,7,8 are for completeness.

The style is rather informal and hence should be accessible to many first readers. However, for some reason I did not find it very 'accessible'; indeed there are abundant examples to look t
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Steve Alx
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really well written introduction to abstract algebra. This should be studied first before moving to the more mature text by Artin. Picking up Artin's text before having some background in abstract algebra can be a nightmare.
Joe Cole
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abstract Algebra is one of the most interesting and engaging math classes. I think it's a very good book with a sufficient number of examples and detailed explanations.
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