Much of modern algebra has its roots in the solvability of equations by radicals. This look at the history of algebra follows a paper trail from the Renaissance solution of the cubic equation to Galois' description of his ideas. All important concepts are placed in their historical context.
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The early history; complex numbers; solutions of equations; modular arithmetic; the binomial theorem and modular exponents; polynomials over a field; Galois fields; permutations; groups; quotient groups and their uses; topics in elementary group theory.
SAUL STAHL, PhD, is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Kansas and a former systems programmer for IBM. He received his MA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD from Western Michigan University. His main field of expertise is combinatorics. In 1986 he received the Carl A. Allendoerfer Award for excellence in expository writing from the Mathematical Association of America.