John Wiley & Sons

Amherst College

Galois theory is one of the jewels of mathematics. Its intrinsic beauty, dramatic history, and deep connections to other areas of mathematics give Galois theory an unequaled richness. This undergraduate text develops the basic results of Galois theory, with Historical Notes to explain how the concepts evolved and Mathematical Notes to highlight the many ideas encountered in the study of this marvelous subject.

The book covers classic applications of Galois theory, such as
solvability by radicals, geometric constructions, and finite fields.
There are also more novel topics, including Abel's theory of Abelian
equations, the problem of expressing real roots by real radicals (the
*casus irreducibilis*), and the Galois theory of origami. The
book also explains how *Maple* and *Mathematica* can be used
in computations related to Galois theory.

Later chapters explore the contributions of Lagrange, Galois, and Kronecker and describe how to compute Galois groups. There are also chapters on Galois's amazing results about irreducible polynomials of prime or prime-squared degree and Abel's wonderful theorem about geometric constructions on the lemniscate.

For the second edition, the following changes have been made:

- Numerous typographical errors were corrected.
- Some exercises were dropped and others were added, a net gain of six.
- Section 13.3 contains a new subsection on the Galois group of irreducible separable quartics in all characteristics, based on the article of Keith Conrad mentioned above.
- The discussion of
*Maple*in Section 2.3 was updated. - Sixteen new references were added.
- The notation section was expanded to include all notation used in the text.
- Appendix C on student projects was added at the end of the book.

- Part (b) of Exercise 2 of Section 4.2 on page 68 should
assume that the leading coefficient of
*g*(*x*) is not divisible by the prime*p*. [This error also appears in the first edition.] - On line 5 of Section 8.3 on page 201, "Section 8.5" should be "Section 8.6"
- Parts (b) and (c) of Exercise 7 of Section 14.2 on page 428 need
to be interchanged. Also, in the new part (c) (the former part (b)),
the display should be followed with a new sentence "Here,
(τ')
^{-1}⋅ φ is the action of*A*on*H*defined in part (b)." [This error also appears in the first edition.] - On line 1 of page 477, "
*P*_{2}(*u*) = 1" should be "*P*_{2}(*u*) = 2" - On page 497, in the first display in the Historical Notes, the numerator in the formula for γ is incorrect. The "2" should be replaced with "2α". [This error also appears in the first edition.]

Here are a reference to add to the chapter references in the second edition of the book:

- Chapter 14 discusses solvable permutation groups. The
book
*Permutation Group Algorithms*by Ákos Seress (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2003) gives a graduate-level introduction to algorithms for dealing with permutation groups. Chapter 7 of this book focuses on the solvable case.

A list of typographical errors is available for the first edition
of *Galois
Theory*: pdf or postscript . All of these errors were
corrected in the second edition. You should also check the errata
list for the second edition, since some these errors were present in
the first edition.

Here are some references to add to the chapter references in the first edition of the book:

- Section 7.4 discusses the inverse Galois problem and gives some
references. An additional useful reference is the book
*Generic Polynomials: Constructive Aspects of the Inverse Galois Problem*by C. U. Jensen, A. Ledet and N. Yui (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2002). - Section 9.1 discusses cyclotomic polynomials and mentions their
coefficients in Example 9.1.7. The paper
*On the middle coefficient of a cyclotomic polynomial*by G. P. Dresden (Amer. Math. Monthly**111**(2004), 531-533) discusses this topic and should be added to the references at the end of Section 9.1. - Section 10.3 discusses origami constructions and lists some
methods (such as marked rulers and intersections of conics) that are
equivalent to origami. One equivalent construction not mentioned in
the book involves
*mira*. The paper*Reflections on a mira*by J. W. Emert, K. I. Meeks and R. B. Nelson (Amer. Math. Monthly**101**(1994), 544-549) discusses this topic and should be added to the references at the end of Section 10.3. - Section 13.1 discusses how to compute the Galois group of a quartic polynomial, assuming that the field has characteristic different from 2. Keith Conrad has written a nice treatment of quartics (and cubics) that works for all characteristics. Click here to get a pdf copy of Keith's article.
- Section 13.2 discusses how to compute the Galois group of a
quintic polynomial and in Example 13.2.13 mentions the problem of
finding the roots of a quintic that is solvable by radicals.
The paper
*Solving quintics by radicals*by D. Lazard (in*The Legacy of Niels Henrik Abel*, O. Laudal and R. Piene, editors, Springer-Verlag, 2004, pp. 207-226) discusses methods for doing this and should be added to the references at the end of Section 13.2.

** Hardcover Version.** Click here
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Theory**. This page
includes a brief description of the
book and information on how to order a copy.

** E-book Version.** The second edition is also available as an e-book. Click
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** Individual Chapters.**
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three appendices to the second edition are freely available at this site.

You can contact the author at the following email address:

dac@math.amherst.edu

The web site for the book is:

http://www.cs.amherst.edu/~dac/galois.html