Introductory Modern Algebra: A Historical Approach / Edition 1

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Much of modern algebra has its roots in the solvability of equations by radicals. This look at the history of algebra follows a paper trail from the Renaissance solution of the cubic equation to Galois' description of his ideas. All important concepts are placed in their historical context.
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Editorial Reviews

A textbook for a one-semester introduction for undergraduate mathematics majors and prospective high-school teachers of mathematics. Explains the principles and practices of modern algebra in terms of its historical development from the Renaissance solution to the cubic equation to Galois' exposition of his major ideas. Includes both computer and pencil-and-eraser exercises, the answers to which are in the teacher's manual. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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“This book is an excellent book for an upper-level, undergraduate, one or two semester course, in modern algebra, for a typical University student population that is not especially strong in proofs.”  (MAA Reviews, 13 January 2014)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471162889
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/11/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.39 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

SAUL STAHL, PhD, is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Kansas and a former systems programmer for IBM. He received his MA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD from Western Michigan University. His main field of expertise is combinatorics. In 1986 he received the Carl A. Allendoerfer Award for excellence in expository writing from the Mathematical Association of America.

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Table of Contents

The Early History.

Complex Numbers.

Solutions of Equations.

Modular Arithmetic.

The Binomial Theorem and Modular Powers.

Polynomials Over a Field.

Galois Fields.



Quotient Groups and Their Uses.

Topics in Elementary Group Theory.




Solutions to Selected Odd Exercises.


Pronounciation Guide.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2000

    An Old-New Approach to Mathematics Teaching

    Some years ago when I took Introductory Algebra at UCLA I discovered Dr Stahl's book, which presents the subject exactly the way it should be; a clear-cut account of the historical development of Algebra, including translations of the original papers (Abel, Galois) which itself makes this book unique. Exercises are numerous and they actually do provide insight into the subject, also a unique feature among today's 'textbooks'. I recommend this book for those who have a genuine interest in the subject, beyond just earning a good grade in the class. I believe that this book put me on the right course in my understanding of what meaningful Mathematics is, a process which culminated in acceptance into a very prestigious graduate programme in Mathematics.

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