Fields and Galois Theory (Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series)

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9781852339869: Fields and Galois Theory (Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series)

A modern and student-friendly introduction to this popular subject: it takes a more "natural" approach and develops the theory at a gentle pace with an emphasis on clear explanations

Features plenty of worked examples and exercises, complete with full solutions, to encourage independent study

Previous books by Howie in the SUMS series have attracted excellent reviews

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The pioneering work of Abel and Galois in the early nineteenth century demonstrated that the long-standing quest for a solution of quintic equations by radicals was fruitless: no formula can be found. The techniques they used were, in the end, more important than the resolution of a somewhat esoteric problem, for they were the genesis of modern abstract algebra.

This book provides a gentle introduction to Galois theory suitable for third- and fourth-year undergraduates and beginning graduates. The approach is unashamedly unhistorical: it uses the language and techniques of abstract algebra to express complex arguments in contemporary terms. Thus the insolubility of the quintic by radicals is linked to the fact that the alternating group of degree 5 is simple - which is assuredly not the way Galois would have expressed the connection.

Topics covered include:

rings and fields

integral domains and polynomials

field extensions and splitting fields

applications to geometry

finite fields

the Galois group


Group theory features in many of the arguments, and is fully explained in the text. Clear and careful explanations are backed up with worked examples and more than 100 exercises, for which full solutions are provided.


From the reviews:

“This is a short but very good introductory book on abstract algebra, with emphasis on Galois Theory. Very little background in mathematics is required, so that the potential audience for this book range from undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, computer professionals, and the math enthusiasts.” (Philosophy, Religion and Science Book Reviews,, July, 2013)

"The author wrote this book to provide the reader with a treatment of classical Galois theory. ... The book is well written. It contains many examples and over 100 exercises with solutions in the back of the book. Sprinkled throughout the book are interesting commentaries and historical comments. The book is suitable as a textbook for upper level undergraduate or beginning graduate students." (John N. Mordeson, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1103 (5), 2007)

"To write such a book on a widely known but genuinely non-trivial topic is a challenge. ... J. M. Howie did exactly what it takes. And he did it with such vigour and skill that the outcome is indeed absorbing and astounding. ... Every paragraph has been scheduled with utmost care and the proofs are crystal clear. ... the reader will never feel forlorn amidst brilliant theorems, which makes the book such a good read." (J. Lang, Internationale Mathematische Nachrichten, Issue 206, 2007)

"Howie’s book ... provides a rigorous and thorough introduction to Galois theory. ... this book would be an excellent choice for anyone with at least some backgound in abstract algebra who seeks an introduction to the study of Galois theory. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates; graduate students." (D. S. Larson, CHOICE, Vol. 43 (10), June, 2006)

"The latest addition to Springer’s Undergraduate Mathematics Series is John Howie’s Fields and Galois Theory. ... Howie is a fine writer, and the book is very self-contained. ... I know that many of my students would appreciate Howie’s approach much more as it is not as overwhelming. This book also has a large number of good exercises, all of which have solutions in the back of the book. All in all, Howie has done a fine job writing a book on field theory ... ." (Darren Glass, MathDL, February, 2006)

"The book can serve as a useful introduction to the theory of fields and their extensions. The relevant background material on groups and rings is covered. The text is interspersed with many worked examples, as well as more than 100 exercises, for which solutions are provided at the end." (Chandan Singh Dalawat, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2006 g)

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John M. Howie
Verlag: Springer-Verlag Gmbh Okt 2007 (2007)
ISBN 10: 1852339861 ISBN 13: 9781852339869
Neu Taschenbuch Anzahl: 1
(Einbeck, Deutschland)

Buchbeschreibung Springer-Verlag Gmbh Okt 2007, 2007. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Aimed at 3rd and 4th year undergraduates and beginning graduates, this book provides a gentle introduction to this popular subject. Assuming a background of a first course in abstract algebra, the book begins with a review of rings, ideals, quotients and homomorphisms. Polynomials, a key topic in field theory, are then introduced in the second chapter. Field extensions and splitting fields are the topics of Chapters 3 and 4, and there is an account of ruler and compass constructions, and a proof that 'squaring the circle' is impossible, in Chapter 5. Chapter 6 uses the theory developed in Chapters 3 and 4 to give a description of finite fields, and includes a brief account of the use of such fields in coding theory. The book then concludes with the Galois group, normal and separable extensions, an account of polynomial equations, and the celebrated result that the quintic equation is not soluble by radicals.The aim is to provide a readable, 'student-friendly' introduction that takes a more 'natural' approach to its subject (as compared to the more formal introductions by Stewart and Garling), and that features clear explanations and plenty of worked examples and exercises - with full solutions - to encourage independent study. 225 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781852339869

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