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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Chapman and Hall/CRC; 3 edition (28 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584883936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584883937
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This edition preserves and even extends one of the most popular features of the original edition: the historical introduction and the story of the fatal duel of Evariste Galois. These historical notes should be of interest to students as well as mathematicians in general. [A]fter more than 30 years, Ian Stewart's Galois Theory remains a valuable textbook for algebra undergraduate students." - Zentralblatt MATH, 1049 "The penultimate chapter is about algebraically closed fields and the last chapter, on transcendental numbers, contains 'what-every-mathematician-should-see-at-least-once', the proof of transcendence of pi. The book is designed for the second and third year undergraduate courses. I will certainly use it." - EMS Newsletter

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tiger on 1 Jun. 2010
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This is a good book but it could have been much better. There are quite a few mistakes but most are not that confusing. The main problem is that a lot of the explanations are not as detailed as I would have liked (Maybe I'm just thick). This book is best for those who don't know much abstract algebra since most of the book deals with polynomials over the complex numbers rather than a general ring. This makes some of the proofs much messier than necessary. I recommend getting the Second Edition instead since it starts straight away with general rings and also has a few solutions in the back unlike the third edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aegea on 1 May 2013
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This is an excellent introduction to the main ideas of Galois Theory which is easy to follow and understand - BUT it is absolutely riddled with errors. These are usually broken references to chapters/equations/theorems which are obviously carried over from the smaller 2nd edition. As another reviewer says these are usually not too confusing, however in some places they can really make the arguments difficult to follow, and in a few instances render the proofs of various theorems incomprehensible!

I'd love to heartily recommend this book but sadly it seems to have been rushed out the door without careful checking and updating - all my lecturers say get the 2nd edition instead. Hopefully these problems will be sorted out in a future edition, at which point it will become a truly excellent text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By adampax on 1 Mar. 2014
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You might have thought that by the third edition most of the mistakes would have been corrected, but every chapter seems to contain a few. The prose is annoying and contains a lot of waffle which is confusing. Also the book is cheaply bound and badly laid out. There are many good galois theory textbooks to be read so don't spend £40 on this.
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Gives a solid grounding for Galois Theory.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harsimrat Kaur on 24 Dec. 2012
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Really useful for learning Galois Theory. The book is easy to follow and has a good explanation to theories leading up to understanding Galois Theory.
Would recommended this book to others.
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