(Basic Text 1) Lang, S.: "Algebra," third edition, Springer-Verlag,
U.S.A. (2002), ISBN 038795385X.
(Basic Text 2) Dummit, D.S. and Foote, M.: "Abstract algebra,"
third edition, Wiley, U.S.A., (2004), ISBN 0-471-43334-9.
(Optional) Artin, M.: "Algebra," Prentice Hall, U.S.A., (1991)
ISBN 0-13-004763-5.
Comments: The Dummit and Foote text provides a more compact but
less complete presentation of the text than does Lang's book. Artin's book
has a better discussion of matrix groups and of some other topics, such
as groups defined by generators and relations. I will suggest readings from all
three texts, as well as from some journal articles, for different parts of the
course.