3rd rev. ed. 2002, XV, 914 p. In 2 volumes, not available separately.
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This book is intended as a basic text for a one-year course in Algebra at the graduate level, or as a useful reference for mathematicians and professionals who use higher-level algebra. It successfully addresses the basic concepts of algebra. For the revised third edition, the author has added exercises and made numerous corrections to the text.
Comments on Serge Lang's Algebra: Lang's Algebra changed the way graduate algebra is taught, retaining classical topics but introducing language and ways of thinking from category theory and homological algebra. It has affected all subsequent graduate-level algebra books. April 1999 Notices of the AMS, announcing that the author was awarded the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition for his many mathematics books.
The author has an impressive knack for presenting the important and interesting ideas of algebra in just the "right" way, and he never gets bogged down in the dry formalism which pervades some parts of algebra. MathSciNet's review of the first edition
Content Level »Graduate
Keywords »Algebra Textbook - Category theory - Textbook - algebra - linear algebra
Foreword * Groups * Rings * Modules * Polynomials * Algebraic Equations * Galois Theory * Extensions of Rings * Transcendental Extensions * Algebraic Spaces * Noetherian Rings and Modules * Real Fields * Absolute Values * Matrices and Linear Maps * Representation of One Endomorphism * Structure of Bilinear Forms * The Tensor Product * Semisimplicity * Representations of Finite Groups * The Alternating Product * General Homology Theory * Finite Free Resolutions * Appendices * Bibliography