A History of Abstract Algebra

Authors: Kleiner, Israel

  • Excellent reference or supplemental text for a first course in abstract algebra
  • Provides historical context from which the reader may gain a deeper appreciation of the subject
  • Offers suggestions to instructors on ways of integrating the history of abstract algebra into their teaching
  • Each chapter concludes with extensive references to the relevant literature
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About this Textbook

Prior to the nineteenth century, algebra meant the study of the solution of polynomial equations. By the twentieth century algebra came to encompass the study of abstract, axiomatic systems such as groups, rings, and fields. This presentation provides an account of the intellectual lineage behind many of the basic concepts, results, and theories of abstract algebra.

The development of abstract algebra was propelled by the need for new tools to address certain classical problems that appeared unsolvable by classical means. A major theme of the approach in this book is to show how abstract algebra has arisen in attempts to solve some of these classical problems, providing context from which the reader may gain a deeper appreciation of the mathematics involved.

Key features:

* Begins with an overview of classical algebra

* Contains separate chapters on aspects of the development of groups, rings, and fields

* Examines the evolution of linear algebra as it relates to other elements of abstract algebra

* Highlights the lives and works of six notables: Cayley, Dedekind, Galois, Gauss, Hamilton, and especially the pioneering work of Emmy Noether

* Offers suggestions to instructors on ways of integrating the history of abstract algebra into their teaching

* Each chapter concludes with extensive references to the relevant literature

Mathematics instructors, algebraists, and historians of science will find the work a valuable reference. The book may also serve as a supplemental text for courses in abstract algebra or the history of mathematics.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This concise history conveniently brings together topics in modern algebra that one might otherwise only find in scattered sources. … it reflects a deep attention to the mathematics and to how its history can be used to help understand the subject today. … The author provides an outline of his course in abstract algebra, a course that is intended for teachers of mathematics … ." (Albert C. Lewis, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2008 g)

"This book gives an overview of the origin and development of the basic ideas of modern abstract algebra. … In each chapter, the author makes extensive references to relevant literature. The book can be recommended to mathematicians, teachers of mathematics (especially of algebra), historians of the sciences and students, who can find many useful references and ideas for their research, teaching or studies." (EMS Newsletter, September, 2008)

"This remarkable book presents both the history of algebra as well as selected detailed biographies of algebraists. … the origin of important ideas and concepts is presented very skillfully, even in a way such that the development of ideas can be used as a very good textbook for algebra. … This book combines in relatively few pages non-trivial algebra with detailed historical facts and ideas and should bring the reader a wealth of new insights." (G. Pilz, Internationle Mathematische Nachrichten, Issue 210, 2009)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A History of Abstract Algebra
Authors
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Birkhäuser Boston
eBook ISBN
978-0-8176-4685-1
DOI
10.1007/978-0-8176-4685-1
Softcover ISBN
978-0-8176-4684-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 168
Number of Illustrations and Tables
24 b/w illustrations
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