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Really good abstract algebra book?

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Hmm, so what are you reading? When I took abstract algebra, the book we used was called:

Abstract ALgebra, third edition, by I.N.Herstein.

I fully agree someone needs to write a A.A for dummies. This stuff is pretty mind bending to start with. I have to read things many times over and over before I even start to comprehend some of the stuff.

It was some proof heavy, brain twisting, logical gaming, mind expanding stuff...

Overall I like it. I really want to go back and reread the stuff because I forgot most of it already :(


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Right now I have: Contemporary Abstract Algebra, by Joseph Gallian

It's not terribly bad or anything, but the examples could use some work. And sometimes I'm left wondering how he got from Point A to Point B in the example explanation.

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I've been recommended Abstract Algebra by I.N.Herstein by a few professors here. I've also heard good things about A First Course in Abstract Algebra, 7ed. by John B. Fraleigh. If you decide on Herstein, be careful to get Abstract Algebra and not Topics in Algebra. It is the same material but topics is way more advanced.

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