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LEARNING MODERN ALGEBRA: FROM EARLY ATTEMPTS TO PROVE FERMAT'S LAST THEOREM

LEARNING MODERN ALGEBRA: FROM EARLY ATTEMPTS TO PROVE FERMAT'S LAST THEOREM
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LEARNING MODERN ALGEBRA: FROM EARLY ATTEMPTS TO PROVE FERMAT'S LAST THEOREM

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Learning Modern Algebra
From Early Attempts to Prove Fermat's Last Theorem
by Al Cuoco and Joseph J. Rotman

The book is permeated with fascinating mathematical nuggets that are clearly explained. --CHOICE

Learning Modern Algebra aligns with the CBMS Mathematical Education of Teachers-II recommendations, in both content and practice. It emphasizes rings and fields over groups, and it makes explicit connections between the ideas of abstract algebra and the mathematics used by high school teachers. It provides opportunities for prospective and practicing teachers to experience mathematics for themselves, before the formalities are developed, and it is explicit about the mathematical habits of mind that lie beneath the definitions and theorems.

This book is designed for prospective and practicing high school mathematics teachers, but it can serve as a text for standard abstract algebra courses as well. The presentation is organized historically: the Babylonians introduced Pythagorean triples to teach the Pythagorean theorem; these were classified by Diophantus, and eventually this led Fermat to conjecture his Last Theorem. The text shows how much of modern algebra arose in attempts to prove this; it also shows how other important themes in algebra arose from questions related to teaching. Indeed, modern algebra is a very useful tool for teachers, with deep connections to the actual content of high school mathematics, as well as to the mathematics teachers use in their profession that doesn't necessarily "end up on the blackboard.''

  • Authors: Al Cuoco and Joseph J. Rotman
  • ISBN: 978-1-93951-201-7
  • 456 pp.
  • Hardbound
  • 2013
  • MAA Textbooks series
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