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### Even XOR Odd Infinities?

Modular Arithmetic (MA) has the same axioms as first order Peano Arithmetic (PA) except $\forall x (Sx \ne 0)$ is replaced with $\exists x(Sx = 0)$.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peano_axioms#First-...

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### Flatness and local freeness

The following statement is well-known:
$A$ a commutative Noetherian ring, $M$ a finitely generated $A$-module. Than $M$ is flat if and only if $M_{\mathfrak{p}}$ is free for all $\mathfrak{p}$.
My ...

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### Invariance of $Z[x]$ under a self-equivalence of the category of commutative rings with 1.

Let $\mbox{Rings}$ be the category of commutative rings with $1$.
Is there an equivalence of categories $F: \mbox{Rings} \to \mbox{Rings}$ s.t.
$$F(\mathbb{Z}[x])\not\cong \mathbb{Z}[x]?$$

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### Axiomatic definition of integers

The real numbers can be axiomatically defined (up to isomorphism) as a Dedekind-complete ordered field.
What is a similar standard axiomatic definition of the integer numbers?
A commutative ordered ...

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### The number of ideals in a ring

Here is a question that I first asked in math.stackexchange, but I think the question must be proposed here.
Let $R$ be a finite commutative ring with identity. Under what conditions the number ...

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### Is the sheaf of smooth functions flat?

Let $X$ be a smooth algebraic variety over $\mathbb{C}$. Is the sheaf of smooth functions on $X$ flat as an $\mathcal{O}_X$ module?

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### When does End(M) consist entirely of zero, zero divisors, and units?

Let $R$ be a commutative ring (with $1$) such that every non-zero divisor in $R$ is a unit (see Rings in which every non-unit is a zero divisor for various stabs at what these are called). Let $M$ be ...

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### Surjectivity of the natural map of injective module to its localization

Hello all,
The lemma 3.3 page 214 in Hartshorne Algebraic Geometry book states:" If $I$ is an injective module over a Noetherian ring $A$. Then for any $f\in A$, the natural map of $I$ to its ...

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### Isomorphic rings of functions

Let $X$ and $Y$ be two topological spaces with $C(X) \cong C(Y)$ (where $C(X)$ is the ring of all continuous real valued functions on $X$). I know that we can not conclude that $X$ and $Y$ are ...

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### chain of prime ideals in polynomial ring $S=\Bbb{R}[x_1,x_2,…,x_n,…]$

Consider the polynomial ring of countable variables with coefficients in the real numbers, i.e, $S=\Bbb{R}[x_1,x_2,x_3,...,x_n,...]$. Is the following question true?
Question: Is there any maximal ...

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### Recursive Non-standard Models of Modular Arithmetic? [closed]

Any algebraically closed field (ACF) is a model of Modular arithmetic (MA). (MA) has the same axioms as first order Peano arithmetic (PA) except $\forall x(Sx \neq 0)$ is replaced with $\exists x(Sx=0)...

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### Are local, Noetherian rings with principal maximal ideal PIR?

A question asked by a friend. I believe it's false, but lack a decisive counterexample.
This question shows that it is true for valuation rings, but I know too little about them.
In the wider ...

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### Commutation of tensor products with inverse limits in a specific case

For $X,Y$ sets, let's denote $Y^X$ the set of all mappings $X\rightarrow Y$. If $Y(=R)$ is a ring, $R^X$ is a $R$-module (well, a bi-module but my question is - at first - concerning commutative rings)...

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### Decomposition of PID modules

This is (probably) the culmination of a series of questions I posted recently that have lead me to this (probably) final question. As usual, I aplogize for my illiteracy in algebra.
Recall that ...