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A good book for beginning Group theory

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I am new to the field of Abstract Algebra and so far it's looking to me quite tough. So far I have encountered the following books in group theory - Contemporary abstract algebra by Joseph Gallian and Algebra by Michael Artin. But can someone suggest me a book which has theorems and corollaries explained using examples and not just mere proofs?

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"A first course in Abstract Algebra" by Fraleigh is a great introduction to Algebra and it is packed with examples. My experience with this book is I learned Algebra on my own out of the first half of this book and took a course out of the second half. It is also available for free online if cost is a factor.

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Perhaps A Book of Abstract Algebra by Charles Pinter? It's very cheap, and if I remember correctly, provides motivation for the theorems/corollaries/etc. It's a small book, and there's a lot of stuff it doesn't cover, but I think it would prepare the reader well for more advanced treatments of algebra.


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A good book for beginning Group theory

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I am new to the field of Abstract Algebra and so far it's looking to me quite tough. So far I have encountered the following books in group theory - Contemporary abstract algebra by Joseph Gallian and Algebra by Michael Artin. But can someone suggest me a book which has theorems and corollaries explained using examples and not just mere proofs?


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"A first course in Abstract Algebra" by Fraleigh is a great introduction to Algebra and it is packed with examples. My experience with this book is I learned Algebra on my own out of the first half of this book and took a course out of the second half. It is also available for free online if cost is a factor.

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I totally agree it is a great book!!!! - Konstantinos Gaitanas 7 hours ago

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