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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 ...
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Rationality of curve does not depend on base change

By a curve I mean an integral one-dimensional scheme of finite type over a spectrum of a field. Let $C$ be a curve over an arbitrary field $k$. It's probably a very well known fact, that $C$ is ...
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Why does the Rogers-Ramanujan continued fraction $R(q)$ appear in Emma Lehmer's quintic?

Define the Ramanujan theta function $f(a,b)$ as, $$f(a,b) = \sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty} a^{n(n+1)/2}\,b^{n(n-1)/2}$$ and the Dedekind eta function, $$\eta(\tau) = q^{1/24}\prod_{n=1}^{\infty} ...
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Parametric Solvable Septics?

Known parametric solvable septics are, $$x^7+7ax^5+14a^2x^3+7a^3x+b=0\tag{1}$$ $$x^7 - 2x^6 + x^5 - x^4 - 5x^2 - 6x - 4 + n(x - 1)x^2(x + 1)^2=0\tag{2}$$ $$x^7 + 7x^6 - 28(n^2 + 27)x^2 + 112(n^2 + ...
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On the solvable octic $x^8-x^7+29x^2+29=0$

The irreducible but solvable octic, $$x^8-x^7+29x^2+29=0\tag{1}$$ was first mentioned by Igor Schein in this 1999 sci.math post. This does not factor over a quadratic or quartic extension, but over ...
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“Small” subfields of algebraically closed fields

Sufficient background: Let $\mathcal{M}=(M,...)$ be an $\mathcal{L}$-structure and $X\subset M$. Definition. $X$ is large if there exists a function $f:\mathcal{M}^n \overset {\leq k} \rightarrow ...
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Subgroups of finite index of fields

Let $F$ be an infinite field and $R$ a subring of $F$. suppose that $[F:R] < \infty$ (Index of $R$ in $F$ as a subgroup is finite). Does this force $R$ to be equal to $F$?
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Could a non-algebraically closed PAC field be a finite extension of an ordered field?

Is there such an example? Or it is known that a pseudo algebraically closed field which is a finite extension of a formally real field is algebraically closed?
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Field extension of fields [closed]

Is the field of real numbers $\mathbb{R}$ a finite extension of some subfield $k\subset \mathbb{R}$?
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A Topology such that the continuous functions are exactly the polynomials

(I originally asked this question on Math.SE, where it received a lot of attention, but no solution.) Which fields $K$ can be equipped with a topology such that a function $f:K \to K$ is continuous ...
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To what extent can fields be classified?

The study of algebraic geometry usually begins with the choice of a base field $k$. In practice, this is usually one of the prime fields $\mathbb{Q}$ or $\mathbb{F}_p$, or topological completions and ...
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English translation of Steinitz 1910?

Does there exist an English translation of Steinitz' 1910 work "Algebraische Theorie der Körper"? http://www.digizeitschriften.de/dms/img/?PPN=GDZPPN002167042
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Degree of factor of resolvent

As always with my questions this is not at research level, but the assertion is made in a research paper, plus no one's been able (or willing) to answer it over at MSE. Here is the original question, ...
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Galois cohomology of the field of Laurent series

Let $k$ a separably closed field. Do we have that $k((t))$ is of cohomological dimension one?
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Subfields $k\subseteq F\subseteq k(x_1,\dots,x_n)$. Is then $F\cap k[x_1,\dots,x_n]=k(f_1,\dots,f_m)\cap k[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ for polynomials $f_i$?

Let $F\subseteq k(x_1,\dots,x_n)$ be a subfield with $k\subseteq F$. I know that $F=k(\psi_1,\dots,\psi_r)$ for rational functions $\psi_i\in k(x_1,\dots,x_n)$. I'm interested in the intersection ...
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purely non-algebraic extension that is not separable

Can you give an example of a field extension $k\subseteq K$ such that, every element of $K$ is transcendental over k and $K$ is not separable over $k$?
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Recognizing etale covers on the level of function fields

Let $X$ be a connected, integral curve over a field $k$, and let $Y \rightarrow X$ be a finite etale cover. Corresponding to this cover there is a finite extension of function fields $k(Y): k(X)$. ...
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Fields whose embeddings into the complex numbers are invariant under complex conjugation

Is there a general notion/description of fields $K$ such that the image of any embedding $K \hookrightarrow \mathbb{C}$ is invariant under complex conjugation, thus inducing an involution on $K$ which ...
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Multiplicative groups in field extensions

If we let $K$ be a number field, thank to the fact that we can extend it integer ring to an UFD where the group of units is finitely generated, we can show that $K^\ast\cong K^\ast_{tor}\times ...
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Simple automorphism groups of field extensions of infinite transcendence degree

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field and let $K/k$ be a field extension of infinite transcendence degree where $K$ is algebraically closed. Is it true that $\mathrm{Aut}_k(K)$ is a simple group? ...
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Finite extensions of residue fields of Henselian DVRs

Let $K$ be an Henselian discrete valuation field such that its completion is separable over $K$. Let $F$ be its infinite residue field. Is it true that a finite extension of $F$ is a simple extension ...
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Sums of Squares and Totally Positive Numbers

In Van der Waerden B L. Algebra Vol.I[M]. Springer, 2003, Pro. Waerden announced in page 256 that if an element $\gamma$ of a formally real field K is not a sum of squares, there exist an ordering of ...
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The “interplay” between additive and multiplicative structure in a field

A field is an ordered triple $(F, +,\cdot)$ of a set $F$ and binary operations $+,\times$ on $F$ such that $(F,+)$ and $(F\backslash 0,\times)$ are abelian groups satisfying the distributive laws ...
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Subfield of rational function field and which is not a rational function field

Let $K = k(x_{1}, x_{2},...,x_{n}), n\geq 2, k$ is a field. Is there exist a subfield of $K$ which is not a rational function field? Thanks.
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“almost prime” elements in perfect Hahn field

Let $K$ be the field $\mathbb{F_p}^{alg}((\mathbb{Q}))$ (field of Hahn series over $\mathbb{F_p}^{alg}$ and with value group $\mathbb{Q}$). Is there elements $x$ of $K$ which are "almost prime" that ...
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Multiple eigenvalues over imperfect fields

Let $K$ be a field. For a matrix $A\in GL_n(K)$ we can find the Jordan normal form $A'$ in $GL_n(\overline{K})$, where $\overline{K}$ is the algebraic closure of $K$. We write $j_\alpha(A)$ for the ...
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Complementation in an extension field

If $E$ is an extension field of $F$, is $F$ necessarily (without assuming the axiom of choice) complemented as a vector subspace of $E$? (Of course the answer is easily yes if the extension is ...
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How does an irreducible polynomial of prime power order split over an extension of prime power degree

I asked this question in a similar form on math.se here, where it has been unanswered for a little over a week some work on it can be found there. The motivation for this question was another ...
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Pseudo-cauchy sequence and valuation

Let $k$ be a field and $x$ is transcendental over $k$. Can we construct a pseudo-cauchy sequence $(a_{i})$ convergent to $x$ with each $a_{i}$ is algebraic over $k$ and $k(a_{i})\subseteq k(a_{i + ...
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Algorithm for determining whether two polynomials have the same splitting field

This question asks how to tell whether two cubic polynomials with coefficients in $\mathbb{Q}$ have the same splitting field. There are several answers to the question, but they don't include proofs. ...
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Henselization of valued field

What is the importance of henselization in valuation theory, when the rank of valuation is bigger than one? Thanks
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The Surreal numbers satisfy all the field axioms except that its elements constitute a proper class. Is it safe to call it a field?

Do all the field theorems apply to surreal numbers? If fields were redefined so that their elements were allowed to come from an arbitrary class, would the theory look different to an algebraist?
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Sum of commuting semisimple operators

Let $V$ be a finite dimensional vector space over a field $K$. An operator $T:V\to V$ is called semi-simple if every $T$-invariant subspace of $V$ has a $T$-invariant complement(for algebraically ...
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a problem about field extension [closed]

Let K and L are fields,L is a sub field of K,and L is isomorphic to K,whether can we get K=L?If true,how to prove? Thanks.
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Algebraic closure as a fibrant replacement?

Emil Artin's construction of the algebraic closure of a field $K$ is as follows. Let $K_{0} = K$, and inductively let $\{x_f\}$ be a set of indeterminates indexed by the irreducible $f$ in one ...
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Algebraic closure and GIT

Does one need to work over an algebraic closed field in ordre to construct GIT quotients à la Mumford? If yes, why?
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Let $u \in \mathbb{Z}^{\times}_{p}$ a unit, is it true that the field $\mathbb{Q}_{p}(\zeta_{p^{n}}, \sqrt[p^{n}]{u})$ is abelian over $\mathbb{Q}_{p}$?

Let $u \in \mathbb{Z}^{\times}_{p}$ a unit, is it true that the field $\mathbb{Q}_{p}(\zeta_{p^{n}}, \sqrt[p^{n}]{u})$ ` is abelian over $\mathbb{Q}_{p}$?
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How arithmetical is algebraic exponentiation?

Suppose $K$ is an exponential real closed field, i.e. there is an isomorphism, say exp, between the additive group of $K$ and the multiplicative group of its positive elements. Assume further that $Z$ ...
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Nondegenerate involutions on the complex numbers — always just conjugation?

Suppose you have a ring homomorphism $(-)':\mathbb{C} \to \mathbb{C}$, which is an involution such that $\sum_i a_i a_i' = 0 \Leftrightarrow \forall i \ a_i=0$, where this sum is finite. Must this ...
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Does this isomorphism between Galois groups hold for transcendental extensions?

Suppose $L/K$ and $M/K$ are algebraic extensions of a field $K$, such that $L\cap M=K$, and $L/K$ is a normal extension. It is well-known that, with these conditions, we have: $$\text{Gal}(L/K)\cong ...
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The field $\mathbb{Q}(\cos \frac {2\pi} {n})$ [closed]

Let $x$ be $\cos \displaystyle \frac {2\pi} {n}$ for some natural number $n$. Then is there an integer $n$ such that $\mathbb{Q}(x^2+x)\neq \mathbb{Q}(x)$? I also would like to know if there is some ...
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when is the property “being algebraically maximal” a first order property ?

A valued field is said to be algebraic maximal if all its algebraic extension have either a bigger value group or a bigger residue field. Do you know for which field this is a first order property ? ...
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Existence of algebraic closure and Axiom of choice [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Is the statement that every field has an algebraic closure known to be equivalent to the ultrafilter lemma? algebraic closure of commuting pairs of matrices we need ...
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Isomorphic general linear groups implies isomorphic fields?

Suppose $n > 1$ is a natural number. Suppose $K$ and $L$ are fields such that the general linear groups of degree $n$ over them are isomorphic, i.e., $GL(n,K) \cong GL(n,L)$ as groups. Is it ...
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Solving the Field Membership Problem using Grobner Bases

Is there an easy way to determine whether a set of elements in a field generates the whole field or only a subfield? Specifically, I have a subfield of $k(x,y)$ described in terms of a canonical set ...