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tzs · 2019-02-25 · Original thread
For abstract algebra, take a look at Pinter's "A Book of Abstract Algebra" [1]. It's a Dover republication, so is not expensive. It has a lot of many chapters more than half the pages are exercises.

It does not provide answers to every exercise--maybe 10% tops--but a lot of the exercises are small and should not be any problem. These are often in a group, where he takes something that would be one hard exercise in another book and breaks it down almost to the level it would be if were part of the main text, leaving just small thing for you to fill in as exercises.

There are a few recurring themes throughout the exercises, where he applies the material of the chapter to some specific application in several exercises (e.g., error correcting codes if I recall correctly), and subsequent chapters continue with those themes in their exercises.


tzs · 2017-07-26 · Original thread
I typically have several books in progress. I'll read a chapter from whichever one I'm in the mood for when I have some time for reading. Currently in progress:

"A Book of Abstract Algebra: Second Edition" by Charles C. Pinter [1].

"How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking" by Jordan Ellenberg [2].

"Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies" by Jared Diamond [3].

"Introduction to Analytic Number Theory" by Tom M. Apostol [4].

"Algorithmic Puzzles" by Levitin and Levitin [7].

I've also got a 46 books in my Safari Library queue, although only about half a dozen are actually in the in progress state.

In addition to the above, I'm about 3 years behind on Analog, the science fiction magazine. Those are all on my Kindle and I'm slowly trying to catch up.

Recently finished:

"Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything" by Joshua Foer [5].

Probably going to pick up soon:

"The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far" by Lawrence M. Krauss [6]. Flipped through it at a bookstore and there were some very interesting things in it.








bmer · 2016-05-22 · Original thread
This book was far too wordy for me. I found a better compromise by reading two these books in parallel:

* Burns' "Groups: A Path to Geometry":

This was the main read. It's approach is to take the reader through group theory by presenting it as a series of problems. Discussion is limited mainly to historical notes.

* Pinter's "A Book on Abstract Algebra":

While going through Burns' book, if I needed more of a discussion on a certain topic, then Pinter's book always felt like it comfortably quenched my desire. Here is someone's discussion on why Pinter helped (along with a proposed litmus test for group theory texts):

pjungwir · 2014-10-16 · Original thread
I have a C hobby project I worked on during a couple flights the other week, but if I flew again I'd probably bring this:

. . . along with paper for working the exercises.

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