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Contemporary Abstract Algebra

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Joseph Gallian is a well-known active researcher and award-winning teacher. His Contemporary Abstract Algebra, 6/e, includes challenging topics in abstract algebra as well as numerous figures, tables, photographs, charts, biographies, computer exercises, and suggested readings that give the subject a current feel and makes the content interesting and relevant for students.
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Houghton Mifflin
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Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Before I delve into an analysis of this excellent textbook, let me highlight first that abstract algebra, contrary to much uniformed opinion, is not a specialistic, esoteric field in pure mathematics characterized by very limited applicability to the physical world. On the contrary, this subject is not just extremely beautiful, but a very important and even foundational discipline in many areas of mathematics and science.

In fact, structure and symmetry are a fundamental aspect of physical reali
Apr 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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My favorite textbook of all time!
May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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This book is the reason I became a mathematician.
Kolya Matteo
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This book is the reason I became a mathematician.
Apr 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
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This book is OK as far as presenting abstract algebra in the usual way to undergrads. Competent explanations of the basics of groups, rings, and fields. Numerous easy exercises, which is fine, although it might be nice if there were more challenging ones too.

There are two problems.

The first problem is, I don't believe in the purely abstract approach to teaching a first course in algebra which this book uses. This book doesn't give you any real idea what the heck algebra is good for and doesn't
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2015 Review:
I did find useful information that helped me in the class, but it was very limited. I feel like the book was good for a few concepts, but for the most part I had to rely on the internet.

2017 Review:
Going through the class and actually reading the book, it is actually a really useful guide. In fact, if this is not your textbook for Abstract Algebra, it should definitely be a companion to your text.
Justin Leroux
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book changed my life!
Jul 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Really was fun to work though this one
Nitin Pant
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Herstein for the mathematics undergrad. Gallian for the armchair mathematician.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
good book
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
what's not to love
Ankush Sharma
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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An acquired taste, just like black coffee with no sugar.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Supposedly this is not a children's book, but it is full of pictures and blurbs about random dead people. Hardly contemporary if you ask me! Not recommended for the serious reader.
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Yvette Zárate
college text book. what a lousy class
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This book is so it
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Worst book ever
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