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Abstract Algebra: Theory and Applications

Everything you wanted to know about abstract algebra, but were afraid to buy

Download Annual Edition

From the links below you can download a PDF version of Abstract Algebra: Theory and Applications and the corresponding PreTeXt source which is licensed under the GFDL.

Note: The 2017 Annual Edition has been finalized. See the note about the various Editions and changes.

The current edition is for the 2017-18 academic year, with only minor modifications to the content from the previous year's edition. It also verifies and updates substantial material about Sage to Version 8.0, available in two electronic forms (see Sage and AATA). The 2009 PDF version is very close to the original text, as first published by PWS Publishing Company in 1994. Since then, the copyright has transferred back to the author, making this open source version possible. (A full copy of the copyright transfer is distributed with the source code in the local subdirectory).

A print-on-demand version is the most affordable way to get a physical copy of the entire text. However, a PDF version optimized for print (two-sided, no color, etc.) is made available here for your convenience.

Note: A PDF version that includes all the supplemental material about Sage is available for download from the Sage and AATA page.

Development Versions, Source Code with Revision Control

Source code is available in a git repository, hosted at GitHub, and authored with PreTeXt. Prior to the 2015 edition, the source code was LaTeX and was primarily hosted at

Periodically a current snapshot of the book as a PDF is available here. These are not archived, nor tagged in the source code repository. They simply accumulate fixes or additions made to annual official releases. If there is nothing listed here, then use the current Annual Edition.

The absolute most recent version is available as source code through a git repository at, the specific address is Links below to recent source code archives come from, so the current version links below are the most up-to-date version.

If you would like to participate in contributing to the book, you will want to use git. Then you can fork the repository on GitHub, or create a local copy of the source code by doing the following in a terminal window:

  1. Set your working directory to a place where a new directory named aata can live.
  2. Issue the command: git clone

If you would like to make contributions to the book, sending a pull request via GitHub is welcome, or else a patch file produced by git. If you wish to make substantial contributions, or create an alternate version, please save yourself some trouble and contact the author beforehand.

Source Code Archives

Cover from PWS Publishing Edition, 1994