9781118072059

Galois Theory

by
  • ISBN13:

    9781118072059

  • ISBN10:

    1118072057

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-03-27
  • Publisher: Wiley

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $78.00 Save up to $7.80
  • Rent Book $70.20
    Add to Cart Free Shipping

    TERM
    PRICE
    DUE

Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.

Summary

This book brings one of the most colorful and influential theories in algebra to life for professional algebraists and students alike. The Second Edition features new exercises and an updated bibliography. A new discussion provides a different method for computing the Galois group of a quartic polynomial. Chapter coverage includes: cubic equations; symmetric polynomials; roots of polynomials; extension fields; normal and separable extensions; the Galois group; the Galois correspondence; solvability by radical; cyclotomic extensions; geometric constructions; finite field; computing Galois groups; solvable permutation groups; the Lemniscate; and an introduction to abstract algebra.

Author Biography

DAVID A. COX, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Amherst College. He has published extensively in his areas of research interest, which include algebraic geometry, number theory, and the history of mathematics. Dr. Cox is consulting editor for Wiley's Pure and Applied Mathematics book series and the author of Primes of the Form x2 + ny2 (Wiley).

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition xvii

Preface to the Second Edition xxi

Notation xxiii

1 Basic Notation xxiii

2 Chapter-by-Chapter Notation xxv

PART I POLYNOMIALS

1 Cubic Equations 3

1.1 Cardan's Formulas 4

1.2 Permutations of the Roots 10

1.3 Cubic Equations over the Real Numbers 15

2 Symmetric Polynomials 25

2.1 Polynomials of Several Variables 25

2.2 Symmetric Polynomials 30

2.3 Computing with Symmetric Polynomials (Optional) 42

2.4 The Discriminant 46

3 Roots of Polynomials 55

3.1 The Existence of Roots 55

3.2 The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra 62

PART II FIELDS

4 Extension Fields 73

4.1 Elements of Extension Fields 73

4.2 Irreducible Polynomials 81

4.3 The Degree of an Extension 89

4.4 Algebraic Extensions 95

5 Normal and Separable Extensions 101

5.1 Splitting Fields 101

5.2 Normal Extensions 107

5.3 Separable Extensions 109

5.4 Theorem of the Primitive Element 119

6 The Galois Group 125

6.1 Definition of the Galois Group 125

6.2 Galois Groups of Splitting Fields 130

6.3 Permutations of the Roots 132

6.4 Examples of Galois Groups 136

6.5 Abelian Equations (Optional) 143

7 The Galois Correspondence 147

7.1 Galois Extensions 147

7.2 Normal Subgroups and Normal Extensions 154

7.3 The Fundamental Theorem of Galois Theory 161

7.4 First Applications 167

7.5 Automorphisms and Geometry (Optional) 173

PART III APPLICATIONS

8 Solvability by Radicals 191

8.1 Solvable Groups 191

8.2 Radical and Solvable Extensions 196

8.3 Solvable Extensions and Solvable Groups 201

8.4 Simple Groups 210

8.5 Solving Polynomials by Radicals 215

8.6 The Casus Irreducbilis (Optional) 220

9 Cyclotomic Extensions 229

9.1 Cyclotomic Polynomials 229

9.2 Gauss and Roots of Unity (Optional) 238

10 Geometric Constructions 255

10.1 Constructible Numbers 255

10.2 Regular Polygons and Roots of Unity 270

10.3 Origami (Optional) 274

11 Finite Fields 291

11.1 The Structure of Finite Fields 291

11.2 Irreducible Polynomials over Finite Fields (Optional) 301

PART IV FURTHER TOPICS

12 Lagrange, Galois, and Kronecker 315

12.1 Lagrange 315

12.2 Galois 334

12.3 Kronecker 347

13 Computing Galois Groups 357

13.1 Quartic Polynomials 357

13.2 Quintic Polynomials 368

13.3 Resolvents 386

13.4 Other Methods 400

14 Solvable Permutation Groups 413

14.1 Polynomials of Prime Degree 413

14.2 Imprimitive Polynomials of Prime-Squared Degree 419

14.3 Primitive Permutation Groups 429

14.4 Primitive Polynomials of Prime-Squared Degree 444

15 The Lemniscate 463

15.1 Division Points and Arc Length 464

15.2 The Lemniscatic Function 470

15.3 The Complex Lemniscatic Function 482

15.4 Complex Multiplication 489

15.5 Abel's Theorem 504

A Abstract Algebra 515

A.1 Basic Algebra 515

A.2 Complex Numbers 524

A.3 Polynomials with Rational Coefficients 528

A.4 Group Actions 530

A.5 More Algebra 532

Index 557

Rewards Program

Write a Review