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Contemporary Abstract Algebra
Joseph Gallian is a wellknown active researcher and awardwinning 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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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 ...more
In fact, structure and symmetry are a fundamental aspect of physical reali ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Aug 26, 2015
Rachel
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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.
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.
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Jun 29, 2012
Yvette Zárate
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it was ok
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college text book. what a lousy class
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