By Roger L. Cooke

This insightful ebook combines the heritage, pedagogy, and popularization of algebra to offer a unified dialogue of the subject.

Classical Algebra presents a whole and modern point of view on classical polynomial algebra in the course of the exploration of the way it was once built and the way it exists this present day. With a spotlight on well-known parts resembling the numerical ideas of equations, the systematic examine of equations, and Galois idea, this ebook enables an intensive knowing of algebra and illustrates how the innovations of recent algebra initially built from classical algebraic precursors.

This ebook effectively ties jointly the disconnect among classical and glossy algebraand presents readers with solutions to many desirable questions that usually move unexamined, including:*

What is algebra about?*

How did it arise?*

What makes use of does it have?*

How did it develop?*

What difficulties and matters have happened in its history?*

How have been those difficulties and matters resolved?

The writer solutions those questions and extra, laying off gentle on a wealthy heritage of the subject—from old and medieval occasions to the current. based as 11 "lessons" which are meant to offer the reader extra perception on classical algebra, every one bankruptcy includes thought-provoking difficulties and stimulating questions, for which whole solutions are supplied in an appendix.

Complemented with a mix of historic feedback and analyses of polynomial equations all through, Classical Algebra: Its Nature, Origins, and makes use of is a superb e-book for arithmetic classes on the undergraduate point. It additionally serves as a invaluable source to a person with a common curiosity in mathematics.

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