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Algebra: A Very Short Introduction

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Algebra marked the beginning of modern mathematics, moving it beyond arithmetic, which involves calculations featuring given numbers, to problems where some quantities are unknown. Now, it stands as a pillar of mathematics, underpinning the quantitative sciences, both social and physical.This Very Short Introduction explains algebra from scratch. Over the course of ten logical chapters, Higgins offers a step by step approach for readers keen on developing their understanding of algebra. Using theory and example, he renews the reader's aquaintance with school mathematics, before taking them progressively further and deeper into the subject.

Author: Higgins Peter
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9780198732822
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2015

1: Numbers and algebra
2: The laws of algebra
3: Linear equations and inequalities
4: Quadratic equations
5: The algebra of polynomials
6: Introduction to matrices
7: Matrices and groups
8: Determinants and matrices
9: Algebra and the arithmetic of remainders
10: Vector spaces
Further Reading

Peter M. Higgins, Professor, Dept of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

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