Exploratory Galois Theory

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Oktober 2004



Combining a concrete perspective with an exploration-based approach, this analysis develops Galois theory at an entirely undergraduate level. The text grounds the presentation in the concept of algebraic numbers with complex approximations and only requires knowledge of a first course in abstract algebra. It introduces tools for hands-on experimentation with finite extensions of the rational numbers for readers with Maple or Mathematica. Please visit the author's website at: http: //


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.


John Swallow is John T. Kimbrough Associate Professor of Mathematics at Davidson College. He holds a doctorate from Yale University 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.


'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
EAN: 9780521544993
ISBN: 0521544998
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2004
Seitenanzahl: 222 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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