What do I need to know to understand this book: Lam's Serre's Problem on projective modules?

I've already read Hungerford's book and Atiyah and Macdonald's book, however when I started to read the first pages of the Lam's book, I was surprised with a definition of projective modules very different I know from Hungerford's one.

My question is what I have to know to understand this book?


Regarding the background needed, the author only mentions this quote: "... a good grounding in graduate level algebra is assumed." which doesn't help me very much.

Thanks in advance

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    $\begingroup$ Often the front matter suggests prerequisites--have you checked there? $\endgroup$
    – MPW
    Apr 4 '14 at 1:16
  • $\begingroup$ @MPW yes, he said: "...a good grounding in graduate level algebra is assumed." It's not very clear to me what miss to me to have such a grounding. $\endgroup$
    – user42912
    Apr 4 '14 at 1:36
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    $\begingroup$ this question would be much improved if "the book" was actually mentioned in text here not just in a link. $\endgroup$ Apr 4 '14 at 1:37
  • $\begingroup$ @JamesS.Cook is it ok now? $\endgroup$
    – user42912
    Apr 4 '14 at 1:39
  • $\begingroup$ @user42912 yep. (+1) $\endgroup$ Apr 4 '14 at 2:17

Allow me to quote the book:

"... a good grounding in graduate level algebra is assumed."

However, he introduces some commutative algebra in the first chapter.

  • $\begingroup$ yes, I have read this part, but what it misses to me to have this "good grounding"? $\endgroup$
    – user42912
    Apr 4 '14 at 1:34
  • $\begingroup$ If you have read Hungerford and understood it, you should be in fine shape. I'm assuming that's his GTM text. $\endgroup$
    – MPW
    Apr 4 '14 at 1:38

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