By aiming the level of writing at the novice rather than the connoisseur and by stressing th the role of examples and motivation, the author has produced a text that is suitable not only for use in a graduate course, but also for self- study in the subject by interested graduate students. More than exercises testing the understanding of the general theory in the text are included in this new edition. Reviews From the reviews of the second edition: "Ten years ago, the first edition It is quite rare that a book can become a classic in such a short time, but this did happen for this excellent book. Of course minor changes were made for the second edition; new exercises and an appendix on uniserial modules were added.
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It helps, of course, that this is a fascinating subject. The book opens with the Wedderburn-Artin theorems about simple and semisimple rings, which is surely one of the great results of early twentieth century mathematics. Then comes the theory of the Jacobson radical, the great advance made in the middle of that century. Lam deploys the theory he has developed in the first two chapters to give an elegant account of the basics of group representation theory in chapter three.
But the basic results are all given and illustrate how effectively the structure theory of the first two chapters can be used. The chapters that follow continue the treatment of important ideas in the theory of noncommutative rings, including a nice introduction to the theory of division rings and a chapter on local and semilocal noncommutative! Each lecture is followed by exercises. These tend to be meaty and non-trivial. All of the exercises, with solutions, appear in the companion book, Exercises in Classical Ring Theory.
The author has excellent taste, as the outline shows. The book comes with lots of nice problems and solutions have been made available, yes. Here are the opening words in chapter one: Modern ring theory began when J. Wedderburn proved his celebrated classification theorem for finite-dimensional semisimple algebras over fields.
Twenty years later, E. Noether and E. The Wedderburn-Artin theory has since become the cornerstone of noncommutative ring theory, so in this first chapter of our book it is only fitting that we devote ourselves to an exposition of this basic theory.
One is motivated to read on and armed with two important insights. First, when the chain conditions are brought in, think about the analogy to finite dimensionality. Elegantly done, with a bit of historical background. The whole book is like that. Here is Lam in lecture 4, just after having defined the Jacobson radical: In the definition of rad R above, we used the maximal left ideals of R, so rad R should be called the left radical of R, and we can similarly define the right radical of R… It turns out, fortuitously, that the left and right radicals coincide, so the distinction is, after all, unnecessary.
We shall now try to prove this result: this is done by obtaining a left-right symmetric characterization of the left radical rad R. Elegant and to the point. There are many ways of proving that the left-right distinction does not matter here, but of course the most elegant thing to do is precisely to prove an equivalent characterization that is left-right symmetric. Very nice. It is the ideal introduction to the subject. Fernando Q.
Sommaire One of my favorite graduate courses at Berkeley is Math , a one-semester course in ring theory offered to second-year level graduate students. I taught this course in the Fall of , and more recently in the Spring of , both times focusing on the theory of noncommutative rings. This book is an outgrowth of my lectures in these two courses, and is intended for use by instructors and graduate students in a similar one-semester course in basic ring theory. Ring theory is a subject of central importance in algebra. Historically, some of the major discoveries in ring theory have helped shape the course of development of modern abstract algebra. Wedderburn-Artin Theory.
A First Course in Noncommutative Rings
Vudogore The reviewer eagerly awaits a promised follow-up volume for a second course in noncummutative ring theory. There is a very good reference section for further study and a name index consisting of four pages of closely-packed names. Mansour marked it as to-read Sep 16, User Review — Flag as inappropriate A complete chapter in ordered rings and Archemedean ordered ring chapter 6 page No trivia firrst quizzes yet. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.