Starting a self-study project involves finding the right books. I found the following books on Galois Theory which are aimed at beginners in the topic. For my purpose the following books are the most useful.

Galois Theory by David Cox, Wiley 2004

This is a very beautiful book of close to 600 pages, every page shows that the author loves the subject and really tries to explain the subject. It has sections on Galois Theory in Mathematica. ( In study-tech terminology: it effectively handles the first barrier to study, i.e. lack of mass, by making the subject tangible in the form of Mathematica functions. The student can explore the subject in a concrete fashion. ) Essential for self-study it has hints to selected exercises.

Exploratory Galois Theory by John Swallow, Cambridge University Press 2004

The author wrote software of his own in the Mathematica language which is available for download.

Galois Theory (3rd ed) by Ian Stewart, Chapman & Hall, 2004

Ian Stewart (*) is well know in England ( and beyond ) and this was his first book. I have added this book to my list because there are four different proofs of the Fundamental Theorem of Galois Theory in it.

Most good introductory books on Abstract Algebra have a few chapters on Fields and Galois Theory but it seems they are merely included to create an appetite for more.

Choosing books is a critical phase in self-study. I started with the book of Weintraub which he probably started very enthusiastically but it got denser and denser almost by page. ( Good book but needs extensive lecture notes by a teacher. ) Via Google Books -and other sources- you can find and browse any book on the subject. The reviews on Amazon can be helpful too.

The books are decided upon. On to phase 2: planning.

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