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I.N. Herstein
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Topics in Algebra

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New edition includes extensive revisions of the material on finite groups and Galois Theory. New problems added throughout.
Unknown Binding, Second Edition, 388 pages
Published January 1st 1975 by Xerox College Publishing (first published January 1st 1964)
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David
Jul 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truth be told, I always considered myself more of an analysis guy than an algebraist in college. So why is it that, of the various texts I had as an undergraduate, this is one of the handful I've never managed to get rid of?

Because group theory rocks, in its own buttoned-down, hidden-depths, body-of-an-accountant-soul-of-a-poet fashion. Herstein's slightly desiccated prose is oddly appropriate for its subject matter, though it's hard to love. You have to read between the lines to discover the u
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Becky
Aug 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of my math professors gave this book to me when I was in school. I've been thinking about going back and getting my Masters in math. I just wanted to see how much I remembered or could comprehend. I got through five pages in one lunch hour. But I understood it! This one will be on the "Currently Reading" shelf for a while. . .
Daniel Kelleher
May 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the great classics in mathematics literature. Herstein's mathematical writing is some of the best, at times a pleasure to read.

I recommend this book, especially for self study or a supplement to an algebra course. This book is worth a skim even for its historical value as an example of who to construct a mathematical text.

That being said, a would be user should be warned of a few of the books quirks. First the book is old, and a bit antiquated. Second, this book was not actually designed
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Ankush Sharma
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of the most beautiful books on pure mathematics that I've read. Its a pity that it wasn't even part of the course !
It was so damn good that I spent most of my time studying this in the library for months instead of cramming and preparing for my entrance exams.
Sasikanth Raghava
Good introductory to galois theory
Imran Qureshi
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book on algebraic structures. Made me love the subject.
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