## Basic notions of algebraFrom the reviews: "... This is one of the few mathematical books, the reviewer has read from cover to cover ...The main merit is that nearly on every page you will find some unexpected insights... " Zentralblatt f??r Mathematik "... There are few proofs in full, but there is an exhilarating combination of sureness of foot and lightness of touch in the exposition... which transports the reader effortlessly across the whole spectrum of algebra...Shafarevich's book - which reads as comfortably as an extended essay - breathes life into the skeleton and will be of interest to many classes of readers; certainly beginning postgraduate students would gain a most valuable perspective from it but... both the adventurous undergraduate and the established professional mathematician will find a lot to enjoy..." Math. Gazette |

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User Review - Joecolelife - GoodreadsThe author explains not just the definitions but also the 'philosophy' of algebra with highly non- trivial examples from geometry,analysis & topology not to mention algebra itself. Examples motivate ... Read full review

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User Review - Joecolelife - GoodreadsAn off-hand account of algebra by one of the best authorities of the subject. Recommended as a "serious" pass-time. Read full review

### Contents

Preface | 4 |

Semisimple Modules and Rings | 79 |

11 Division Algebras of Finite Rank | 90 |

Copyright | |

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