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A Book of Abstract Algebra (1982)

by Charles C. Pinter

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Accessible but rigorous, this outstanding text encompasses all of the topics covered by a typical course in elementary abstract algebra. Its easy-to-read treatment offers an intuitive approach, featuring informal discussions followed by thematically arranged exercises. This second edition features additional exercises to improve student familiarity with applications. 1990 edition.… (more)

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Great entry-level book for self-learners. Lots of exercises, along with complete prose-based explanations of concepts. Mangling what I read in another review for my own purposes: reads like a novel rather than an equation-based adventure game. ( )
  ztutz | Nov 29, 2011 |
The best math book that doesn't have sex in it (It does have violence in it... sword fights mainly). ( )
  nocklebeast | Jan 6, 2009 |
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Preface -- Once, when I was a student struggling to understand modern algebra, I was told to view this subject as an intellectual chess game, with conventional moves and prescribed rules of play. I was ill-served by this bit of extemporaneous advice, and vowed never to perpetuate the falsehood that mathematics is purely -- or primarily -- a formalism. My pledge has strongly influenced the shape and style of this book.
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