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Advanced Algebra

Nature volume 142, page 691 (15 October 1938) | Download Citation



THIS book, comprising vols. 2 and 3, is intended A to complete the school course and to provide a suitable introduction to higher work for those who are proceeding to the universities. Attention has rightly been concentrated upon fundamental principles and methods which are essential to a more advanced study of modern mathematics. Vol. 2 deals with finite series, difference equations, complex algebra, partial fractions, theory of equations, sequences and convergency. In vol. 3, the student is introduced to those parts of the subject which are of special significance in the modern developments of mathematics—inequalities, determinants, matrices, elementary probability and the theory of numbers. Throughout, the text has been prepared with much skill, thoroughness and clarity ; the methods are up to date and admirably adapted to lay a sound foundation for further study. There is also an abundance of exercises for the student, and these are roughly divided into two groups, the first consisting of straightforward applications of the bookwork, and the second of carefully graded sets of more difficult problems. The book should be very useful, and especially to those who intend to specialize in mathematics.

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