Algebra

Authors: Gelfand, I.M., Shen, Alexander

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This book is about algebra. This is a very old science and its gems have lost their charm for us through everyday use. We have tried in this book to refresh them for you. The main part of the book is made up of problems. The best way to deal with them is: Solve the problem by yourself - compare your solution with the solution in the book (if it exists) - go to the next problem. However, if you have difficulties solving a problem (and some of them are quite difficult), you may read the hint or start to read the solution. If there is no solution in the book for some problem, you may skip it (it is not heavily used in the sequel) and return to it later. The book is divided into sections devoted to different topics. Some of them are very short, others are rather long. Of course, you know arithmetic pretty well. However, we shall go through it once more, starting with easy things. 2 Exchange of terms in addition Let's add 3 and 5: 3+5=8. And now change the order: 5+3=8. We get the same result. Adding three apples to five apples is the same as adding five apples to three - apples do not disappear and we get eight of them in both cases. 3 Exchange of terms in multiplication Multiplication has a similar property. But let us first agree on notation.

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“The idea behind teaching is to expect students to learn why things are true, rather than have them memorize ways of solving a few problems, as most of our books have done. [This] same philosophy lies behind the current text by Gelfand and Shen. There are specific ‘practical’ problems but there is much more development of the ideas … [The authors] have shown how to write a serious yet lively look at algebra.”   —The American Mathematics Monthly

“Were ‘Algebra’ to be used solely for supplementary reading, it could be wholeheartedly recommended to any high school student of any teacher … In fact, given the long tradition of mistreating algebra as a disjointed collection of techniques in the schools, there should be some urgency in making this book compulsory reading for anyone interested in learning mathematics.”   —The Mathematical Intelligencer


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Algebra
Authors
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
Softcover ISBN
978-0-8176-3677-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
160
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
Topics