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## The Skeleton Key of Mathematics: A Simple Account of Complex Algebraic Theories (Softcover)"As the title promises, this helpful volume offers easy access to the abstract principles common to science and mathematics. It eschews technical terms and omits troublesome details in favor of straightforward explanations that will allow scientists to read papers in branches of science other than their own, mathematicians to appreciate appreciate papers on topics on which they have no specialized knowledge, and other readers to cultivate an improved understanding of subjects employing mathematical principles." — From the back cover ## $4.19 |

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From the back cover: “The broad scope of topics encompasses Euclid’s algorithm; congruences; polynomials; complex numbers and algebraic fields; algebraic integers, ideals, and *p*-adic numbers; groups; the Galois theory of equations; algebraic geometry, matrices and determinants; invariants and tensors; algebras; group algebras; and more.

‘It is refreshing to find a book which deals briefly but competently with a variety of concatenated algebraic topics, that is not written for the specialist,’ enthused the *Journal of the Institute of Actuaries Students’ Society* about this volume, adding ‘Littlewood’s book can be unreservedly recommended.'”

**CHAPTERS**

- The Method of Abstraction
- Numbers
- Euclid’s Algorithm
- Congruences
- Polynomials
- Complex Numbers and Algebraic Fields
- Algebraic Integers, Ideals and
*p*-adic Numbers - Groups
- The Galois Theory of Equations
- Algebraic Geometry
- Matrices and Determinants
- Invariants and Tensors
- Algebras
- Group Algebras
- The Symmetric Group
- Continuous Groups
- Application to Invariants

Note from the publisher: “This Dover edition, first published in 2002, is an unabridged republication of the work first published by Hutchinson & Company, Limited, London, in 1949 and reprinted by Harper & Brothers, New York, in 1960.”

## Details

- SKU:
- 1927
- Author:
- Littlewood, Dudley Ernest
- Publisher:
- Dover Publications
- Publish Date:
- 2002
- Format:
- Softcover
- Weight (pounds):
- 0.35
- Dimensions (W”xL”xH”):
- 5.4″x8.5″x0.3″
- ISBN-13:
- 9780486425436
- ISBN-10:
- 0486425436

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