I would like to acknowledge the following reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions.
David Anderson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Robert Beezer, University of Puget Sound
Myron Hood, California Polytechnic State University
Herbert Kasube, Bradley University
John Kurtzke, University of Portland
Inessa Levi, University of Louisville
Geoffrey Mason, University of California, Santa Cruz
Bruce Mericle, Mankato State University
Kimmo Rosenthal, Union College
Mark Teply, University of Wisconsin
I would also like to thank Steve Quigley, Marnie Pommett, Cathie Griffin, Kelle Karshick, and the rest of the staff at PWS Publishing for their guidance throughout this project. It has been a pleasure to work with them.
Robert Beezer encouraged me to make Abstract Algebra: Theory and Applications available as an open source textbook, a decision that I have never regretted. With his assistance, the book has been rewritten in MathBook XML (http://mathbook.pugetsound.edu), making it possible to quickly output print, web, PDF versions and more from the same source. The open source version of this book has received support from the National Science Foundation (Award #DUE-1020957).