To the algebraist, $\mathbb{Z}$ is just the free group with one generator. To the algebraic topologist, $\mathbb{Z}$ is just the fundamental group of the circle. To be glib, what do $\mathbb{Z}$ mean to you?
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Initial object in the category of commutative rings. 


To a number theorist, shouldn't $\mathbb Z$ be the world? 


Final object in the category of schemes. 


Just $\mathbb{Z}$ ? ;) 


An infinite discrete subset of $\mathbb R$. 

