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Any good book to review abstract algebra?

  1. Jun 8, 2010 #1

    I am a junior and a math major, and I am almost done with my year-long abstract algebra sequence for undergraduates. While I found the materials interesting, I feel like I got lost at some places in this course, and I would like to review (or in some topics, relearn) the materials that I covered in this course over this summer. The textbook we used in this course was Abstract Algebra by Beachy/Blair, and topics we covered in this class include basics of groups, rings, fields, more on groups (including Sylow's theorem, solvable groups, etc.), and Galois Theory. I was wondering if there is another book that I might want to check out from the library to read over the summer to understand the materials better. I would also like to focus on becoming a better "problem solver," as I feel like this is a skill that I need to improve ASAP, so I am looking for a book with good exercises and/or interesting examples as well.

    Let me know if you have any suggestion. Thanks.
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  3. Jun 8, 2010 #2
    Dummit and Foote is a superb reference for Abstract Algebra. Additionally, Ian Stewart's Galois Theory is a great read.
  4. Jun 8, 2010 #3


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    Depends on what you mean by review. Dummit and Foote is ok, but is probably a bit longwinded if you already know all the stuff. In your position, I would prefer a book which takes a somewhat different, advanced perspective, to place the things you know in context and look at the bigger picture. Now, Lang's Algebra may be a bit too much (i.e. little review, lots of new stuff), but one of my favorites which fills this purpose perfectly is Knapp's Basic Algebra.
  5. Jun 14, 2010 #4
    Sounds good. I will be checking out Dummit/Foote from the library soon. Somehow, my library system didn't have Knapp's Basic Algebra at convenient location, but I will try and get that too (Knapp's sounds interesting, as it seems to use a lot of linear algebra in his discussion). I'll take a look at Stewart too.

    Thanks! And any other suggestion would be appreciated.
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