This is a textbook for graduate and upper level undergraduate students in mathematics, computer science, communication engineering and other fields. The explicit construction of finite fields and the computation in finite fields are emphasised. In particular, the construction of irreducible polynomials and the normal basis of finite fields are included. The essentials of Galois rings are also presented. This invaluable book has been written in a friendly style, so that lecturers can easily use it as a text and students can use it for self-study. A great number of exercises have been incorporated.
Sets and Integers; Groups; Fields and Rings; Polynomials; Residue Class Rings; Structure of Finite Fields; Further Properties of Finite Fields; Bases; Factoring Polynomials over Finite Fields; Irreducible Polynomials over Finite Fields; Quadratic Forms over Finite Fields; More Group Theory and Ring Theory; Hensel's Lemma and Hensel Lift; Galois Rings.