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Uncountable cardinals and Prufer $p$-groups

Let $A$ be an elementary Abelian uncountable $p$-group. Is it known if there is an action of a Prufer $q$-group (here $q$ is a prime not necessarily distinct from $p$) $C_{q^{\infty}}$ onto $A$ such ...
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ideals generated by two elements in the polynomial ring of two variables over a field

Let $k$ be a field. For example, $k=\mathbb{Q}$ or $\mathbb{Z}/p$, $p$ prime. Let $k[x,y]$ be the polynomial ring. Let $f,g\in k[x,y]$. Let the ideal $I=(f,g)$ be the ideal of $k[x,y]$ generqated ...
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Projective coordinates over a non UFD ring

Is it true that when the integers of a number field are not a UFD then not every point in projective $n$-space over that field can be given by relatively prime algebraic integer coordinates? When a ...
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Rigid fields containing $\mathbb{C}$

Following the question What is the size of the smallest rigid extension field of the complex numbers?, where it was noted that the least cardinality of a rigid field containing $\mathbb{C}$ is ...
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Automorphisms of $\mathbb{C}$ and meromorphic functions

Let $F$ be a meromorphic function on $\mathbb{C}$, and assume that the first-order theory of $(\mathbb{C},F)$ defines $\mathbb{Z}$, which means that there exists a formula $\varphi(z)$ (in the ...
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Invariance of the complex exponential map under a nontrivial field automorphism of $\mathbb{C}$

It is known that the pseudo-exponential map $K \to K^\times$ for $K$ a pseudo-exponential field (of cardinality $2^{\aleph_0}$) in the sense of Zilber is invariant under many field automorphisms, ...
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Definition of internal field objects

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a category with finite limits and a strictly initial object $\mathbf{0}$. The final object is denoted by $\mathbf{1}$. I propose the following definition of a field object ...
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Why does inconstructibility of $\sqrt[3]{2}$ imply impossibility of cube doubling? [closed]

In this question "constructing" and "doubling" is meant in the compass-and-straightedge sense. On my desk I have five Basic Algebra texts treating constructability in the plane $\mathbb{C}$ or ...
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Quintic polynomials generating cyclic extensions

We know that a cubic equation generates a cubic cyclic extension iff it has a perfect square discriminant. Now I am wondering if there is a similar condition for quintic polynomials. So I am trying to ...
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question about a particular Polynomial ring [closed]

Let K be a field, let $T = K[X_1, X_2,...]$ be a polynomial ring, let $R=K[X_1^{2}, X_1X_2,..,X_i X_j,..]$, and let $L = Frac(R)$ = field of fractions of R. How can we prove that $R =T \cap L$ ?
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Is there a symmetric basis for $\mathbf{Q}(x,y)$?

Consider $\mathbf{Q}(x,y)$, the rational functions in $x$ and $y$, as a vector space over $\mathbf{Q}$. Let $\sigma$ be the map interchanging $x$ and $y$. Is there a basis for $\mathbf{Q}(x,y)$ ...
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On quintic roots $x_1^{1/5}+x_2^{1/5}+\dots+x_5^{1/5}$

I. Given the roots $x_i$ of the general cubic, $$x^3+c_2x^2+c_1x+c_0=0\tag1$$ with $c_i \in \mathbb Q$, it is easy to show that the expression, $$F_3 = (x_1^{1/3}+x_2^{1/3}+x_3^{1/3})^3$$ is an ...
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Does k(X) have a k-basis for every set X, without AC?

This question is inspired by Pace Nielsen's recent question Does a left basis imply a right basis, without AC?. For any field $k$, the field $k(x)$ of rational functions in one variable has an ...
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Division algebras over extension fields / reducibility of $G$-modules

Reformulation of the question (see below for the original question): Let $K$ be an algebraic number field and $D$ a finite-dimensional $K$-division algebra. Is there a description of the field ...
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Extension of homomorphism to place in quotient field, or of local ring to valuation ring in quotient field

Let be given a domain $R$ (that can be supposed to be integrally closed if this can help), and $\varphi$ an homomorphism of $R$ into a field $F$. $\varphi$ extends uniquely to a homomorphism ...
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(Affine) Schemes and the point of view of morphisms with values in a field

Let $A$ be a commutative ring with unity. If $\varphi_1 : A \rightarrow K_1$ and $\varphi_2 : A \rightarrow K_2$ are ring morphisms from $A$ to fields, $\varphi_1$ and $\varphi_2$ are said to ...
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Canonical form of cubic curves over general fields

Given a field of characteristic not 2 or 3 containing a primitive third root of unity, is it true that every nonsingular cubic curve, i.e. a curve defined by one homogeneous form of degree 3 in 3 ...
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Constructive Proof to Show that Algebraic Numbers are Algebraically Closed

EDIT2: After reading some papers, I think the question can best be rephrased as "How can the minimal polynomial for a polynomial with algebraic coefficients be calculated. I have seen papers and ...
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For a Sum-of-Squares cost functions J(x) is it true that J(x)-j* is also SOS?

For polynomial optimization problems the sum-of-squares theory and Lasserre relaxation hierarchy provides a theoretically handy way of getting the solution. There are also results saying that finite ...
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Algorithm for finding irreducible polynomials in finite field extensions

Let $K(\alpha_1,\ldots,\alpha_n)/K=\tilde{K}/K$ be a finite field extension and suppose we know $\text{irr}(\alpha_1,K)(x),\ldots,\text{irr}(\alpha_n,K)(x)\in K[x]$. Suppose also that we have a basis ...
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Ways to order an algebraic extension

In following post, I describe the "classical" example of $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{2})$ that can be ordered in two distinct ways. More generally, if $(k,P)$ is an ordered field, $R$ a real closure of $(k,P)$ ...
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Learning roadmap in Algebra [closed]

I am a senior undergraduate student in mathematics, I have a sound knowledge in the following areas: a) Commutative Algebra b) Field Theory and Galois Theory c) Homological Algebra My question is ...
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Extension of the product formula for valuations to a simultaneous completion

It is well known that $\mathbb{C}$ and $\mathbb{C}_p$ are "algebraically" isomorphic (that is, ignoring the topology), but an isomorphism depends on the axiom of choice and there is no canonical way ...
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Comparison of finite field extensions of $\mathbb{C}(t)$

Let K be a finite field extension of $\mathbb{C}(t)$. Then $K$ is isomorphic to the field of meromorphic functions on a compact Riemann surface $X$ with genius $g$. By an argument similar to the proof ...
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Is there an infinite field of characteristic 2 whose multiplicative group is torsion free and (direct-sum) indecomposable?

Let $F$ be a infinite field of characteristic 2 whose multiplicative group $F^*$ is torsion free. I would like to conclude that $F^*$ is decomposable or find an example where $F^*$ is indecomposable. ...
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Why are polynomials so useful in mathematics?

This is perhaps unanswerable, or perhaps I am too algebraically ignorant to phrase it cogently, but: Is there some identifiable reason that polynomials over $\mathbb{C}$, $\mathbb{R}$, ...
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Class groups of orders

In Cox's book "Primes of the form $x^2 + ny^2$", he proves that in a quadratic imaginary field $K$, if $\mathcal O$ is an order of conductor $f \in \mathbb Z$, we have that the class group ...
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“Degree 3 fields”

I was wondering what was known about fields $k$ having the property that any polynomial over $k$ of degree $3$ has at least one root in $k$. Does such a field have a special name ? Is there some kind ...
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$L^\times / K^\times$ torsion $\Rightarrow L = K$?

Let $L/K$ be an extension of fields of characteristic zero. I want to prove that if $L^\times/K^\times$ is a torsion group (i.e. for every element $\alpha \in L$, some power of $\alpha$ lies in $K$), ...
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Are the reals really a fraction field?

In an answer to this question I was led to show the trick proving that $\mathbb R$ is the fraction field of some strict subring $A\subsetneq \mathbb R=\operatorname{Frac}(A)$. A crucial point in the ...
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Can non-isomorphic field extensions be isomorphic fields?

This is related to my earlier question on isomorphism of general quotients of $\:F\hspace{.02 in}[x]\:$. Let $F$ be a field, let $p$ and $q$ be (non-zero) monic irreducible polynomials, let $I$ and ...
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Discriminant of a compositum of number fields, a bound?

Given two number fields $E$ and $F$, is there a bound on $|d_{EF}|$, the absolute value of the absolute discriminant of the compositum of fields $EF$, in terms of $d_E$, $d_F$, and the extension ...
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On the maximum cardinality of the image of a non-onto polynomial function on finite fields

Let $F$ be a finite field of cardinality $q$ and let $f \in F[x]$ be a non-constant polynomial of degree $d$ which is not onto (as a function from $F$ to $F$). Then how large the image of $f$ could be ...
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Generic topology on a field

I'm wondering if there is some generic topology that can be put on any field of characteristic zero which is similar to those induced by a norm on the field. I know that for vector spaces you can take ...
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Colorful model theory

There are a number of concepts in model theory - often situated around Hrushovski's amalgamation method (see for instance http://math.univ-lyon1.fr/~wagner/nijmegen.pdf) - which are colorfully named: ...
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Generators of cyclic group of finite fields

Let $F$ be a finite field and $f(x)\in F[X]$ be an irreducible polynomial of degree $n$. Let $\alpha$ be a root of $f(x)$. So $E:=F[\alpha]$ is a finite field of order $|F|^{n}$. We know that ...
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Finite separable extension of fields imply the number of intermediate subfield is finite

The proof of statements either uses Galois theory or Artin primitive element theorem.I would like to know whether there is a proof without using these.The reason to avoid using Galois theory is that ...
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Fields of characteristic zero via ultraproducts

Is every noncountable field of characteristic zero the ultraproduct (using a non principal ultrafilter over the set of prime numbers) of fields of positive characteristic?
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Why aren't fields called “bodies” instead?

The discrepancy regarding the names of commutative division algebras in German and English has always startled me. In English they are called fields, whereas their original German name is Körper ...
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Does regular field extension preserve regularity?

Let $k$ be an arbitrary field and suppose that $K/k$ is a regular field extension. Let $V$ be regular scheme of finite type over $\text{Spec }k$ (not necessarily smooth). Is it true that $\text{Spec ...
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Parametric septic fields $L(7) = L(3,2)$ with the same discriminant

While perusing Kluener's Database of Number Fields, I noticed that a lot of the discriminants of 7T5 came in pairs. After some doodling, I found four families. The first two are, $$x^7 - x^6 + x^5 + ...
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Variety with perfect function field?

My question is quite simple: Let $X$ be an irreducible algebraic variety over a field $\Bbbk$. Is there a name for such varieties with perfect function field $\Bbbk(X)$? Is this very rare? Is there ...
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Reducing 12th degree eqns (12T179) to an 11th degree eqn

I always wondered if the fact that the quartic can be solved by a cubic can be generalized to other even degrees $n$, namely if there is an ordering of the roots $x_i$ of form ...
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Which fields have multiplicative group isomorphic to additive group times Z/2Z?

Let $K$ be a field, $K_{*}$ its multiplicative group and $K_{+}$ its additive group. As Richard Stanley notes in this answer, the only field for which $K_{+} \simeq K_{*} \times ...
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Fantastic properties of Z/2Z

Recently I gave a lecture to master's students about some nice properties of the group with two elements $\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$. Typically, I wanted to present simple, natural situations where the ...
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On separable field extensions [closed]

Let $F\subseteq K$ be a finite separable field extension with $a_1,..., a_n$ an $F$-basis for $K$. Is it true that the matrix $A := [\mbox{tr}(a_ia_j)]$ is non-singular ?
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Formulas in a Field and in a Field Extension

Let $\mathbb F$ be a field and let $a, b, c, d$ be fixed elements in the field $\mathbb F$. Consider the formulas 1) $\exists\;x\;\;:\;\;x^2=-1.$ 2) $\exists\;x\;\;:\;\;(xa=c\land xb=d).$ Formula ...
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The j-function and Pell equations

Given the j-function, $$j(\tau)=\frac{1}{q}+744+196884q+21493760q^2+\dots$$ it is well-known that for $\tau=\tfrac{1+\sqrt{-d}}{2}$, positive integer $d$, then $j(\tau)$ is an algebraic integer of ...
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Is there an irreducible but solvable septic trinomial $x^7+ax^n+b = 0$?

The following irreducible trinomials are solvable: $$x^5-5x^2-3 = 0$$ $$x^6+3x+3 = 0$$ $$x^8-5x-5=0$$ Their Galois groups are isomorphic to ${\rm D}_5$, ${\rm S}_3 \wr {\rm C}_2$ and $({\rm S}_4 ...