Item description for Methods of Homological Algebra by S. I. Gelfand, Yuri I. Manin & Iu. I. Manin...
Homological algebra first arose as a language for describing topological prospects of geometrical objects. As with every successful language it quickly expanded its coverage and semantics, and its contemporary applications are many and diverse. This modern approach to homological algebra, by two leading writers in the field, is based on the systematic use of the language and ideas of derived categories and derived functors. Relations with standard cohomology theory (sheaf cohomology, spectral sequences, etc.) are described. In most cases complete proofs are given. Basic concepts and results of homotopical algebra are also presented. The book addresses people who want to learn a modern approach to homological algebra and to use it in their work. For the second edition the authors have made numerous corrections.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Jan 17, 2003
ISBN 3540435832 ISBN13 9783540435839
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A brilliant work of mathematics Feb 20, 2006
Homological algebra is one of those subjects that in order to understand, you need to know already. Category theory wouldn't hurt either, nor some algebraic geometry and algebraic topology. Unfortunately, you need to know homological algebra to do some of these things as well. The great strength of Gelfand and Manin's work is that it ties together examples from all of these areas and coherently integrates them into some of the best mathematical prose I've ever read. The book is recent enough that its authors write from a position of vast perspective on fifty years of research, and the subject as they present it is about as up-to-date as possible, yet cleanly developed and not overwhelming. Unlike many books whose subject matter was influenced by modern algebraic geometry, this one does not merely pay lip service to standard references on its vast prerequisites, but systematically develops them (specifically, the ideas of category theory and abelian categories) in an entire, large chapter.
The book's only tangible drawback is the presence of errors, despite the revision. The previous edition was said to be riddled with them, and the authors have indeed brought the count down to a nearly respectable level, with those remaining relatively minor. The remaining errors are more jarring than confusing, however, and this is not a sticking point.
Finally, I would like to emphasize that neither this book nor any other is suitable for beginners in homological algebra. This is an aspect of the field, and its remedy is to study the applications, algebraic geometry and algebraic topology most of all. The ideas of homological algebra are derived not from first principles but from mathematicians' experiences doing mathematics, and both the subject matter and the many excellent examples in the book will resonate more with a student whose knowledge they cast in a new light.