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By Paul Richard Halmos

This e-book is an off-the-cuff, even if systematic presentation of lectures given by means of the authors on Boolean algebras, meant for complicated undergraduates and starting graduate scholars. In a daring and clean type, this ebook treats Boolean algebras, develops a few exciting rules, and gives infrequent insights. workouts are generously sprinkled during the textual content for path study.
This bookcan be thought of a sequel to Paul Halmos's Lectures on Boolean Algebras, with the next alterations: (1) the fabric in each part has been defined in additional aspect, and is now extra available to undergraduates; (2) there are 3 times as many workouts, and the authors have now ready a strategies guide; (3) a extra cautious rationalization of the connection among Boolean jewelry and Boolean algebras has been further; (4) 13 chapters were extra, together with chapters on topology and on non-stop features, a bankruptcy at the extension theorem for homomorphisms, a brand new bankruptcy on congruences and quotient algebras, a bankruptcy at the lattice of beliefs, and a bankruptcy on duality conception for items.

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