I want a book to cover the following topics in Module Theory:

Modules ,Submodules,Quotient modules,Morphisms Exact sequences ,three lemma,four lemma,five lemma,Product and Co products,Free modules, Projective modules,Injective modules,Direct sum of Projective modules,Direct product of Injective modules.

Divisible groups,Embedding of a module in an injective module ,tensor product of modules,Noetherian and Artinian Modules,Finitely generated modules,Jordan Holder Theorem,Indecomposable modules ,Krull Schmidt theorem,Semi simple modules homomorphic images of semi simple modules\

I want a book that covers these topics .It is not that a single book should contain all of these but it would be better if it is so.The book should be interesting ,have some good problems to work on(would be better if it is provided with hints to hard problems).

Comments and suggestions are needed.

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    $\begingroup$ Related: book suggestion on module theory As a comment to this earlier question I mentioned Module Theory: An Approach to Linear Algebra by T. S. Blyth (1st edition 1977; 2nd edition 1990)**. Also worth looking at isTheory of Modules (An Introduction to the Theory of Module Categories) by Alexandru Solian. (comment continues) $\endgroup$ – Dave L. Renfro Jun 1 '15 at 15:53
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    $\begingroup$ (continuation) Solian's 1977 book is notable for its excessive attention to sometimes distracting details (for example, see Barry Mitchell's review), but this feature could make it useful to have available for supplementary reading if you're studying on your own. FYI, I took a graduate algebra course from Solian back around 1984, but we didn't cover modules and his Module Theory book wasn't used. $\endgroup$ – Dave L. Renfro Jun 1 '15 at 15:59
  • $\begingroup$ yes it was useful $\endgroup$ – Learnmore Jun 2 '15 at 2:43
  • $\begingroup$ I just remembered another book that might be of interest: Thomas James Head, Modules. A Primer of Structure Theorems, Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 1974, x + 150 pages. I got a copy of this book around 1985 or 1986 for $1 (maybe less) at a K-Mart book bin, which their stores used to have back then. It's designed for self-study and the writing style is very conversational. The link I gave shows that many nearly new copies are available for only the cost of postage and handling. $\endgroup$ – Dave L. Renfro Jun 2 '15 at 14:55

I recommend "Basic Algebra" (I and II) by Nathan Jacobson.

Volume I covers all the basic notions (Modules ,Submodules,Quotient modules,Morphisms, finitely generated modules). Volume II covers Noetherian and Artinian Modules, Jordan Holder Theorem, ,Krull Schmidt theorem, injective and projective modules, tensor product of modules, etc.

Volume II contains also chapters on category theory and universal algebra (relevant for notions like Product and Coproduct that you mentioned).

These books are really nice and clear, and contain a lot of other basic material in almost every subdomain of algebra I can think of.

  • $\begingroup$ thanks it was really helpful $\endgroup$ – Learnmore May 31 '15 at 2:42
  • $\begingroup$ Another alternative is "Introduction to commutative algebra" by Atiyah-Mcdonald which is considered a classic source for studying commutative algebra. But I think Jacobson elaborates more on module theory in particular. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Shachar May 31 '15 at 7:15

As it was suggested before, Module Theory: An Approach to Linear Algebra by T. S. Blyth is an awesome title which covers almost every basic topic of Module theory in a very elegant, clear and efficient way. It is hands down my favorite text in the subject, but unfortunately it has been long out of print and therefore it is expensive and hard to obtain.

I contacted T. S. Blyth a few months ago looking at the possibility of a new edition, or at least, for a Dover reprint or something like that. Recently, Tom told me that he just finished an electronic edition, and I inmediatly helped him with a careful and exhausting typo hunting. With great joy, I shall let you all know that this venerable text is now available for free!

http://hdl.handle.net/10023/12643 Download the book here!


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