Preface to the English Edition This book is a translation of the second edition of my German book Algebra fiir Einsteiger: Von der Gleichungsauflosung zur Galois-Theo- rie, Vieweg, 2004. The original German edition has been expanded by the addition of exercises. The goal of the book is described in the original preface. In a few words it can be sketched as follows: Galois theory is presented in the most elementary way, following the historical evolution. The main focus is always the classical application to algebraic equations and their solutions by radicals. I am grateful to David Kramer, who did more than translate the present book, having also offered several suggestions for improvements. My thanks are also directed to Ulrike Schmickler-Hirzebruch, of Vieweg, who first proposed a translation to the American Mathematical Society, and to Edward Dunne, of the AMS, for managing the translation. Jorg Bewersdorff Translator's Note I wish to express my appreciation to Jorg Bewersdorff for his helpful collaboration on the translation and to the following individuals at the American Mathematical Society: Edward Dunne for entrusting vn
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