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Lambek, J. Review: Joseph J. Rotman, An introduction to homological algebra. Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.) 8 (), no. 2, J.J. Rotman, An Introduction to Homological Algebra, Universitext,. 1. DOI / 1, c Springer Science+Business Media LLC Weibel, Charles A., An introduction to homological algebra / Charles A. Weibel. p. cm. – (Cambridge studies in advanced mathematics.

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An Introduction to Homological Algebra. Part IV of Lang’s ‘Algebra’, especially Chapter XX, covers almost everything you want to learn about homological algebra in a first course.

First, one must learn the language of Ext and Tor. Applications include the following: A less well-known book is Vermani: Quite surprising for a simple appendix: The books by Rotman and Scott Osborne Basic Homological Algebra seem friendlier for students, but I like to have spectral sequences early on, not just in the last chapter. I like Rotman and particularly Weibel precisely because they DON’T do this-the connections with topology are strongly emphasized.

Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. I found it the most enlightening source when I started out learning homological algebra myself, and it remains the book that demystified diagram chases for me.

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The second period, greatly in uenced by the work of A. Another nice set of rotkan notes is the one by Moerdijk, available at staff.


It seems difficult to find good introductions that are freely available online, but a nice set of lecture notes can be be found on Schapira’s web page, here.

Selected pages Page 2. Basic Homological Algebra by Scott Osbourne is a nice beginners text. Second, one must be able to compute these things with spectral sequences.

An Introduction to Homological Algebra – Joseph J. Rotman – Google Books

Learning Homological Algebra is a two-stage affair. Differential Forms and Applications Manfredo P.

Over the past four decades, he has published numerous successful texts of introductory character, mainly in the field of modern abstract algebra and its related disciplines.

As usual, the rule is one reference per post.

An Introduction to Homological Algebra

Serre, continued through the s; it involves abelian categories and sheaf cohomology. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Number Fields Daniel A. Learning homological algebra is a two-stage affair. Rotman No preview available – We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

MathOverflow works best with JavaScript enabled. Although there are many typos, I find “Methods” excellent for conveying the big picture. All together, a popular classic has been turned into a new, much more topical and comprehensive textbook on homological algebra, with all the great features that once distinguished the original, very much to the belief [of its] new generation of readers.


I agree the best reference is Weibel, and GM’s Methods is really good, but for starting out I’d recommend Mac Lane’s Homology which is just about homological algebra. Both of these newer books discuss all three periods see also Kashiwara—Schapira, Categories and Sheaves.

Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive? Rofman liked Rotmans book a lot. By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. Post as a guest Name. Here is a Google Books preview. Other books in this series. Ordinary Differential Equations Vladimir I.

An Introduction to Manifolds Loring W. Like everything by Rotman, it’s a wonderful and enlightening read. The standard example is of course Weibel which I’ll leave for someone else to describe. All this makes Rotman’s book very convenient for beginners in homological algebra as well as a reference book.