# Almost Free Modules: Set-Theoretic Methods by Paul C. Eklof

By Paul C. Eklof

This is often a longer therapy of the set-theoretic thoughts that have reworked the research of abelian crew and module idea over the past 15 years. a part of the publication is new paintings which doesn't seem in different places in any shape. moreover, a wide physique of fabric which has seemed formerly (in scattered and infrequently inaccessible magazine articles) has been generally remodeled and in lots of circumstances given new and better proofs. The set thought required is punctiliously built with algebraists in brain, and the independence effects are derived from explicitly said axioms. The publication includes routines and a advisor to the literature and is appropriate to be used in graduate classes or seminars, in addition to being of curiosity to researchers in algebra and good judgment.

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