By Steven Givant, Paul Halmos

ISBN-10: 0387402934

ISBN-13: 9780387402932

In a daring and refreshingly casual kind, this interesting textual content steers a center direction among basic texts emphasizing connections with philosophy, good judgment, and digital circuit layout, and profound treatises aimed toward complex graduate scholars mathematicians. it truly is written for readers who've studied not less than years of college-level arithmetic. With rigorously crafted prose, lucid reasons, and illuminating insights, it courses scholars to a few of the deeper result of Boolean algebra --- and particularly to the real interconnections with topology --- with out assuming a history in algebra, topology, and set concept. The elements of these matters which are had to comprehend the cloth are built in the textual content itself.

Highlights of the ebook contain the conventional shape theorem; the homomorphism extension theorem; the isomorphism theorem for countable atomless Boolean algebras; the maximal excellent theorem; the distinguished Stone illustration theorem; the life and forte theorems for canonical extensions and completions; Tarski’s isomorphism of things theorem for countably whole Boolean algebras, and Hanf’s comparable counterexamples; and an in depth remedy of the algebraic-topological duality, together with the duality among beliefs and open units, homomorphisms and non-stop services, subalgebras and quotient areas, and direct items and Stone-Cech compactifications.

A certain function of the booklet is the big variety of routines of various degrees of trouble, from regimen difficulties that support readers comprehend the elemental definitions and theorems, to intermediate difficulties that reach or improve fabric constructed within the textual content, to tougher difficulties that discover vital rules both now not handled within the textual content, or that pass considerably past its remedy. tricks for the recommendations to the tougher difficulties are given in an appendix. an in depth suggestions handbook for all workouts is out there for teachers who undertake the textual content for a course.