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Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications #9: Algebraic Number Theory, Second Editionby Richard A. Mollin
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Bringing the material up to date to reflect modern applications, Algebraic Number Theory, Second Edition has been completely rewritten and reorganized to incorporate a new style, methodology, and presentation. This edition focuses on integral domains, ideals, and unique factorization in the first chapter; field extensions in the second chapter; and class groups in the third chapter. Applications are now collected in chapter four and at the end of chapter five, where primality testing is highlighted as an application of the Kronecker?Weber theorem. In chapter five, the sections on ideal decomposition in number fields have been more evenly distributed. The final chapter continues to cover reciprocity laws.
New to the Second Edition
The book includes mini-biographies of notable mathematicians, convenient cross-referencing, a comprehensive index, and numerous exercises. The appendices present an overview of all the concepts used in the main text, an overview of sequences and series, the Greek alphabet with English transliteration, and a table of Latin phrases and their English equivalents.
Suitable for a one-semester course, this accessible, self-contained text offers broad, in-depth coverage of numerous applications. Readers are lead at a measured pace through the topics to enable a clear understanding of the pinnacles of algebraic number theory.
"The second edition of this popular book features coverage of L-functions and function fields to provide a more modern view of the field. This edition also introduces class groups for both binary and quadratic forms, making it much easier to prove the finiteness of the class number of both groups via an isomorphism. In addition, the text provides new results on the relationship between quadratic residue symbols and fundamental units of real quadratic fields in conjunction with prime representation. Along with reorganizing and shortening chapters for an easier presentation of material, the author includes updated problem sets and additional examples"--
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