“Algebra” by MacLane and Birkhoff was the first abstract algebra book I bought and I loved it! It wasn’t the first abstract algebra book I read. This book presents modern algebra from first principles and is accessible to undergraduates or graduates. It combines standard materials and necessary. Documents Similar To Saunders Mac Lane, Garret Birkhoff Algebra Mathematics Form and Function. Uploaded by. jacinto [Charles C. Pinter] a Book.
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Although my course mqclane well attended, I was much more research-oriented than teaching-oriented. Then the abstract definition appears simple, and the theoretical properties which are deduced from the definition exhibit the power of the concept. If you alter the presentation for your lectures to skew more toward examples and concrete proofs, ideally while still discussing the more abstract stuff a bit, then I think this book can work well.
One of us would draft a chapter and macllane other would revise it. This is followed in Chapter 12 by a brief discussion of transfinite numbers.
Judson is good all around. Supplementing this with another book to get some coverage of representation theory and homological algebra is probably ideal.
I have come to like Gallian quite a bit since first giving it a real chance to see what my school teaches. Certainly, algebraists expect everyone has seen some homological algebra and representation theory by the time they get their Ph.
Both are excellent books Bir,hoff have called this book Advanced Modern Algebra in homage to thembut times have changed since their first appearance: Then algeebra later we took part in the flow of new ideas from discovery to use and to present to students.
I think graduate courses should use category theory pretty openly. He returned to Harvard inthe year after I had given a course in modern algebra on the undergraduate biekhoff for the first time.
He spent most of his career as a professor of mathematics at Harvard University. Hungerford’s Algebra is bbirkhoff pretty good book, but the author algebar little about homological algebra, and the only time you see the word “representation” is when discussing category theory. This is not to say Mac Lane and Birkhoff do this!
I think you could cover the entire book, minus perhaps Chapter XIV on lattices, which are not typically emphasized and are partly historical, and possibly Chapter VIII, which is a bit odd, in my opinion.
This book also does not match a clear unorthodox vision of how the subject should be taught, unlike, say, Aluffi or Adkins. They embody the elegance, precision, and generality which are the hallmark of mathematics! Yes, we did know then that research mattered for tenure, but our joy in teaching was somehow connected with our respective research. Birohoff it can be used as a reference, birkhofr should rather be read through carefully over a period of years – one must think in terms of years if one wishes to absorb alegbra the material and to do the problems.
Algebra was almost unheard of at the undergraduate level not too long ago, whereas now an undergraduate program would be remiss not to require students take at least an introductory course covering the basic theories of groups, rings, and fields. Only in this way will they be able to appreciate the full richness of the subject. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. Macalne there is no dearth of good reference works in algebra, and in the reviewer’s opinion the present textbook will prove more useful than another encyclopedic treatise would have been.
A section on bilinear forms and tensor products has been added to the chapter 7 on vector spaces, while Chapter 11, now entitled “Boolean algebras and lattices”, contains a new introduction to Boolean algebras, as well as a birkhogf on the representation of such by sets.
A semester course on abstract algebra could deal with Chapters, 11, 13, and Getting across the rich motivation, ideas, analogies, history, and so forth should be an explicit goal, algebar it will not always be possible.
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At both the graduate and undergraduate level, it seems there are books that are better in parts or in whole. Again, eventually the students should be given this stuff to them.
My recommendation is to start with a different book I like Dummit and Foote. In writing the present text we have endeavoured to set forth this formal or “abstract” approach, but we have been guided by a much broader interpretation of msclane significance of modern algebra.
I had taught out of most of the extant books. I am hard pressed to put a single book above the others, however.
Because of it’s unorthodox mackane and old fashioned style,though,I’m not sure I’d use the book for a graduate course. I quite like Etingof’s Introduction to representation theorywhich is available at his sitebut it takes two chapters before it gets to the case of finite groups, which is usually what algebra professors focus on in a first graduate course.
But, hey, at least there are lattices!