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Exploratory Galois Theory

Exploratory Galois Theory

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  • Date Published: December 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521544993

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  • Combining a concrete perspective with an exploration-based approach, Exploratory Galois Theory develops Galois theory at an entirely undergraduate level. The text grounds the presentation in the concept of algebraic numbers with complex approximations and assumes of its readers only a first course in abstract algebra. The author organizes the theory around natural questions about algebraic numbers, and exercises with hints and proof sketches encourage students' participation in the development. For readers with Maple or Mathematica, the text introduces tools for hands-on experimentation with finite extensions of the rational numbers, enabling a familiarity never before available to students of the subject. Exploratory Galois Theory includes classical applications, from ruler-and-compass constructions to solvability by radicals, and also outlines the generalization from subfields of the complex numbers to arbitrary fields. The text is appropriate for traditional lecture courses, for seminars, or for self-paced independent study by undergraduates and graduate students.

    • Truly undergraduate level
    • Exploits mathematical software to develop understanding
    • Has slower, more intuitive approach
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    'The exploration-based approach to the subject is very down-to-earth, entertaining, motivating, encouraging and enlightening, making the text highly suitable for undergraduate courses, for seminars, or for self-paced independent study by interested beginners.' Zentralblatt MATH

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    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521544993
    • length: 222 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 194 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Preliminaries
    2. Algebraic numbers, field extensions, and minimal polynomials
    3. Working with algebraic numbers, field extensions, and minimal polynomials
    4. Multiply-generated fields
    5. The Galois correspondence
    6. Some classical topics
    Historical note.

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    John Swallow, Davidson College, North Carolina
    John Swallow is John T. Kimbrough Associate Professor of Mathematics at Davidson College, North Carolina. He holds a doctorate from Yale University, Connecticut for his work in Galois theory. He is the author or co-author of a dozen articles, including an essay in The American Scholar. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency, and the Associated Colleges of the South.

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