Monographs on Near-rings and Near-fields
North-Holland Mathematical Studies 23, 1983.
This book is a reprint of the first book ever published on
nearrings. It remains in its place as the first and somehow still
the standard nearring text. It contains a thorough introduction to the
theory of nearrings, along with some applications and
diversions into nearfields and other related subjects.
A rough summary would be as follows:
Nearrings are a natural object of study as algebraic objects,
relating to many other abstract algebraic entities.
Many interesting structural results are brought out,
and the geneology ofthe results is made quite
Some connections to geometry with planar nearrings are brought out, as
are the important aspects of nearfield theory, especially as it relates
to the concept of a neardomain.
Lastly some applications of nearrings are considered.
A comprehensive table of remarkable examples and counter examples,
a collection of simple and not so simple research problems, and a
collection of examples round out this fine monograph.
Near-rings and their links with groups
Pitman Research Notes in Mathematics 134, 1985.
This book with it's focus on more direct group theory
reaches somewhat beyond the boundaries of pure nearring theory.
As the author says in his preface, it is accessible
even to the final year undergraduate or beginning
postgraduate, and is not as comprehensive as the Pilz book.
Not to say that it is merely an introduction though!
The first part of the book deals with general nearring theory,
looking at the module theory, primitivity, radicals and other areas
of interest in the general structure theory.
The second part looks more at the group-theoretic connections
of nearring theory, in particular the endomorphism nearrings and
the distributively generated nearrings.
Theorie der Fastkörper
Thales Verlag, 1987.
Though technically not a nearring book, this belongs here
due to the long-standing history of relevance between
nearring and nearfield theory. The text is in German, with
a nice big English summary at the end, an index and a
Near-rings: Theory and Genesis
Oxford University Press, 1992.
has a very combinatorist point of view. In particular the
author's work on block designs from planar nearrings plays
an important role.
Jim also claims he saved 11 pages of text by omitting the
hyphen to move from near-ring to nearring!
Celestina Cotti Ferrero and Giovanni Ferrero
Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, ISBN 1-4020-0875-9,
A collection of many topics that near-ringers have been interested in,
with many suggestions arousing curisosity to read and investigate
Maintained by Erhard Aichinger.
Last updated 17 Dec 2002.