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Fundamentals of Hopf Algebras


  • Includes exercises at the end of each chapter designed to reinforce the material

  • Covers topics not typically included in a standard abstract algebra course, including group rings, localizations, absolute values and completions, discriminants and coalgebras, bialgebras and Hopf algebras

  • Serves as a bridge to advanced algebra texts Includes important applications of bialgebras and Hopf algebras to theoretical computer science, knot theory, algebraic geometry and Galois module theory


Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Robert G. Underwood
    Pages 1-34
  3. Robert G. Underwood
    Pages 35-66
  4. Robert G. Underwood
    Pages 67-106
  5. Robert G. Underwood
    Pages 107-144
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 145-150

About this book


This text aims to provide graduate students with a self-contained introduction to topics that are at the forefront of modern algebra, namely, coalgebras, bialgebras, and Hopf algebras.  The last chapter (Chapter 4) discusses several applications of Hopf algebras, some of which are further developed in the author’s 2011 publication, An Introduction to Hopf Algebras.  The book may be used as the main text or as a supplementary text for a graduate algebra course.  Prerequisites for this text include standard material on groups, rings, modules, algebraic extension fields, finite fields, and linearly recursive sequences.

The book consists of four chapters. Chapter 1 introduces algebras and coalgebras over a field K; Chapter 2 treats bialgebras; Chapter 3 discusses Hopf algebras and Chapter 4 consists of three applications of Hopf algebras. Each chapter begins with a short overview and ends with a collection of exercises which are designed to review and reinforce the material. Exercises range from straightforward applications of the theory to problems that are devised to challenge the reader. Questions for further study are provided after selected exercises.  Most proofs are given in detail, though a few proofs are omitted since they are beyond the scope of this book.


Galois module theory Hopf algebras bialgebras coalgebras finite fields knot theory

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceAuburn University at MontgomeryMontgomeryUSA

About the authors

Robert G. Underwood, MS, PhD, is a professor of Mathematics at Auburn University at Montgomery and author of Introduction to Hopf Algebras © Springer 2011. The author's course notes which contribute strongly to this present book have been used in his modern algebra class since 2008.

Bibliographic information


“The goal of the book under review is to introduce graduate students to some basic results on coalgebras, bialgebras, Hopf algebras, and their applications. The book may be used as the main text or as a supplementary text for a graduate course. … This book should be very useful as a first introduction for someone who wants to learn about Hopf algebras and their applications.” (Jörg Feldvoss, zbMATH 1341.16034, 2016)