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Modern Algebra?

  1. Sep 10, 2004 #1

    gvk

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    What is the best book on Modern Algebra?
    Level from popular to undergraduate. :confused:
    And the history of this subject (who first introduced the notions of the ring and field?)
    Thanks
     
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  3. Sep 10, 2004 #2
    you want a good history? wikipedia my friend.

    as for a text book....why, are you planning on learning it on your own?
     
  4. Sep 11, 2004 #3
    For history see
    "The development of Galois theory from Lagrange to Artin" by B. Melvin Kiernan, published in Archive of the History of Exact Sciences #8(1971-1972) pp. 40-154

    There's a section called "The Development of Field Theory" which starts on p. 125.
     
  5. Sep 12, 2004 #4
    Archive for Hist. of Exact Sciences

    Do you know of any way of getting online access to full text articles in the above journal without paying?
     
  6. Sep 12, 2004 #5
    I have this one Algebra book. Which is very intresting(in my opinion).
    It is mostly High School Level Algebra.

    Title:Algebra a modern approach

    Authors: Max peters
    William L.Shaff
     
  7. Sep 12, 2004 #6
    I think it's a pretty common journal; go to your local university library & photocopy it. That's what I did, but it cost me ~$6, & took forever. It's definitely worth it though, that article is epic & a must-read for anybody interested in algebra.
     
  8. Sep 12, 2004 #7

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    this is a great classic book:

    Van Der Waerden, B.L.
    Modern Algebra, Volume I
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