Algebra: A Very Short Introduction by Peter M. Higgins

Algebra: A Very Short Introduction

byPeter M. Higgins

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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, beforetaking them progressively further and deeper into the subject.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Peter M. Higgins is a Professor in Pure Mathematics at the University of Essex. He is the inventor of the Circular Sudoku puzzle type that now features in numerous newspapers, magazines and computer games. He has written extensively on the subject of mathematics, including Numbers: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2011) and Nets, Puzzle...
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Title:Algebra: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.34 inPublished:October 26, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198732821

ISBN - 13:9780198732822

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Table of Contents

1. Numbers and algebra2. The laws of algebra3. Linear equations and inequalities4. Quadratic equations5. The algebra of polynomials6. Introduction to matrices7. Matrices and groups8. Determinants and matrices9. Algebra and the arithmetic of remainders10. Vector spacesFurther ReadingIndex