Some Topics in Algebra

An Advanced Undergraduate Course at PKU

  • Michel Broué

Part of the Mathematical Lectures from Peking University book series (MLPKU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Michel Broué
    Pages 1-85
  3. Michel Broué
    Pages 87-194
  4. Michel Broué
    Pages E1-E1
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 195-199

About this book


During the springs of 2011 and 2012, the author was invited by Peking University to give an advanced undergraduate algebra course (once a week over two months each year). This book was written during and for that course. By no way does it claim to be to exhaustive. It was originally intended as a brief introduction to algebra for an extremely pleasant and passionate audience. It certainly reflects some of the author’s own tastes, and it was influenced by the feelings and the reactions of the students.

Nevertheless, the result covers some advanced undergraduate algebra (rings, ideals, basics of fields theory, algebraic integers, modules, hom and tensor functors, projective modules, etc…) illustrated by numerous examples, counterexamples and exercises. Following a worldwide tradition, the author had planned to conclude by lecturing on the structure of finitely generated modules over principal ideal domains. But during the course, after explaining that the notion of projective modules is more natural than the notion of free modules, it became clear that principal ideal domains needed to be replaced by Dedekind rings; this is much less traditional in the literature — but not more difficult.


Fields General algebra Modules Polynomials Rings

Authors and affiliations

  • Michel Broué
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut Universitaire de FranceUniversité Paris Diderot - Paris 7ParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-41268-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-41269-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-4209
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-4217
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