Universal Algebra : Fundamentals and Selected Topics book cover
1st Edition

Universal Algebra
Fundamentals and Selected Topics

ISBN 9781439851296
Published September 20, 2011 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
320 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations

SAVE ~ $26.00
was $130.00
USD $104.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

Starting with the most basic notions, Universal Algebra: Fundamentals and Selected Topics introduces all the key elements needed to read and understand current research in this field. Based on the author’s two-semester course, the text prepares students for research work by providing a solid grounding in the fundamental constructions and concepts of universal algebra and by introducing a variety of recent research topics.

The first part of the book focuses on core components, including subalgebras, congruences, lattices, direct and subdirect products, isomorphism theorems, a clone of operations, terms, free algebras, Birkhoff’s theorem, and standard Maltsev conditions. The second part covers topics that demonstrate the power and breadth of the subject. The author discusses the consequences of Jónsson’s lemma, finitely and nonfinitely based algebras, definable principal congruences, and the work of Foster and Pixley on primal and quasiprimal algebras. He also includes a proof of Murskiĭ’s theorem on primal algebras and presents McKenzie’s characterization of directly representable varieties, which clearly shows the power of the universal algebraic toolbox. The last chapter covers the rudiments of tame congruence theory.

Throughout the text, a series of examples illustrates concepts as they are introduced and helps students understand how universal algebra sheds light on topics they have already studied, such as Abelian groups and commutative rings. Suitable for newcomers to the field, the book also includes carefully selected exercises that reinforce the concepts and push students to a deeper understanding of the theorems and techniques.

Table of Contents

More about subs, homs, and prods
Generating subalgebras
Congruences and quotient algebras

Ordered sets
Distributive and modular lattices
Complete lattices
Closure operators and algebraic lattices
Galois connections
Ideals in lattices

The Nuts and Bolts of Universal Algebra
The isomorphism theorems
Direct products
Subdirect products
Case studies
Varieties and other classes of algebras

Clones, Terms, and Equational Classes
Invariant relations
Terms and free algebras
Identities and Birkhoff’s theorem
The lattice of subvarieties
Equational theories and fully invariant congruences
Maltsev conditions

Congruence Distributive Varieties
Ultrafilters and ultraproducts
Jónsson’s lemma
Model theory
Finitely based and nonfinitely based algebras
Definable principal (sub)congruences

Arithmetical Varieties
Large clones
How rare are primal algebras?

Maltsev Varieties
Directly representable varieties
The centralizer congruence
Abelian varieties
Directly representable varieties revisited
Minimal varieties
Functionally complete algebras

Finite Algebras and Locally Finite Varieties
Minimal algebras
Localization and induced algebras
Centralizers again!



View More



Clifford Bergman is the Janson Professor of Mathematics at Iowa State University, where he has taught since 1982. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in algebra and cryptography. Dr. Bergman’s research centers on classical questions in universal algebra, computational complexity, cryptology, and steganography.


… as far as I am concerned, the book under review, by Clifford Bergman, is most welcome: we need more of this sort of thing, both for potential universal algebraists and for people like me: fellow travelers to some degree, or mathematicians who both use and thoroughly adore algebra and its structural qualities, and find themselves growing more appreciative of this architectural elegance as they evolve in their work and studies. … it is clearly written and pleasant to read … the author provides motivation as well as examples and exercises galore. At first glance it looks to me like the exercises are well-structured and should do the job of bringing the student or reader along at a decent pace from ignorance to both an appreciation for the subject and some facility with it. It’s definitely an area worth pursuing for a graduate student with the right disposition.
—Michael Berg, MAA Reviews, December 2011

… excellently written and is highly recommended to all who are interested in universal algebra.
—Mathematical Reviews

Support Material


  • Instructor Resources

    To gain access to the instructor resources for this title, please visit the Instructor Resources Download Hub.

    You will be prompted to fill out a regist