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### Sum of n-th roots is rarely rational

Let $m,n$ be positive integers, and $\displaystyle \Phi_{m,n}~:~ {\mathbb{R}_+^*}^m \to \mathbb{R}_+^*, \ \ \ (x_1,x_2, \ldots , x_m) \mapsto \sum_{k=1}^m \sqrt[n]{x_k}$.
Clearly for $m=1$ if for all ...

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### Is -1 a sum of 2 squares in a certain field K?

Consider the field of fractions $K$
of the quotient algebra $\mathbb{R}[x,y,z,t]/(x^2+y^2+z^2+t^2+1)$,
where $\mathbb{R}$ is the field of real numbers and $x,y,z,t$ are variables.
Clearly $-1$ is a ...

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### Making the fixed field algebraically closed

K is a field and f is an automorphism of K. We're also given that the order of f, as an element of the group Aut(K), is not finite. Is it always possible to find a field L which contains K and an ...

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### Fields with trivial automorphism group

Is there a nice characterization of fields whose automorphism group is trivial? Here are the facts I know.
Every prime field has trivial automorphism group.
Suppose L is a separable finite extension ...

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### Is a field uniquely determined by its multiplicative group/how much knows K_1 about fields?

As the title says I would like to know if $K_1(k)=k^*$ uniquely determines a field $k$.
For finite fields this is clearly the case, but I suspect it is not ture in general. However I guess cooking up ...

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### Why do we need to show that two irreducible polynomials divide each other?

Suppose we have the conjugation isomorphism $\psi_{\alpha, \beta}: F(\alpha) \mapsto F(\beta)$ defined by
$$\psi_{\alpha, \beta}(a_0+a_{1} \alpha + \cdots + a_{n-1} \alpha^{n-1}) = a_0+a_{1} \beta + ...

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### Is there a natural way to view the proof of Hilbert 90?

I only know of one proof of Hilbert 90, which is very smart if not magical. See for example http://hilbertthm90.wordpress.com/2008/12/11/hilberts-theorem-90the-math/
Does anyone know of a more ...

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### When are intersections of finitely generated field extensions finitely generated?

Let $k$ be a field, and let $E$ and $F$ be fields extending $k$, both contained in some single extension of $k$. If $E$ and $F$ are finitely generated (as fields) over $k$, must $E\cap F$ also be ...

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### roots of polynomials with multiple-of-unity coefficients implies algebraically closed?

Suppose a field has roots of all polynomials whose coefficients are 0, 0+1, 0+1+1, 0+1+1+1, 0+1+1+1+1, etc or additive inverses thereof. Is such a field necessarily algebraically closed?
The ...

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### For which fields K is every subring of K…?

This question was inspired by
How to prove that the subrings of the rational numbers are noetherian?
which some people found too routine to be of interest. So I have decided to liven things up a ...

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### Existence of maximal totally ramified extensions of an arbitrary CDVF

Let $K$ be a complete, discretely valued field with (let's say) perfect residue field $k$. We have a unique maximal unramified extension $K^{unr}$ of $K$ and a unique maximal tamely ramified ...

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### Slightly weakened / altered concepts of a field

I've heard of at least three slight modifications of the standard concept of field:
meadow, which (according to this paper) is a commutative ring with unit equipped with a total unary operation ...

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### What are the possible sets of degrees of irreducible polynomials over a field?

Hopefully this is not too easy an exercise.
Let $F$ be a field. Let $I \subset \mathbb{N}$ be the set of all positive integers $d$ such that there exists an irreducible polynomial of degree $d$ over ...

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### Does Con(ZF) imply Con(ZF + Aut C = Z/2Z)?

How many field automorphisms does $\mathbf{C}$ have? If you assume the axiom of choice, there are tons of them -- $2^{2^{\aleph_0}}$ I believe. And what if you don't -- how essential is the axiom of ...

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### Extensions of fields with lots of symmetry

[Cute question heard elsewhere]
Is there a nice characterization of extensions of fields $K/k$ such that whenever $E/k$ and $E'/k$ are subextensions and $\sigma:E\to E'$ is an isomorphism over $k$, ...

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### Do separable and normal have topological meanings for fields?

The terminology would suggest that a separable field extension is so because the resulting field extension has some sort of separable topology, and that a normal extension corresponds to one with a ...

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### If K/k is a finite normal extension of fields, is there always an intermediate field F such that F/k is purely inseparable and K/F is separable?

I was feeling a bit rusty on my field theory, and I was reviewing out of McCarthy's excellent book, Algebraic Extensions of Fields. Out of Chapter 1, I was able to work out everything "left to the ...

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### An unfamiliar (to me) form of Hensel's Lemma

In his very nice article
Peter Roquette,
History of valuation theory. I. (English summary) Valuation theory and its applications, Vol. I (Saskatoon, SK, 1999), 291--355,
Fields Inst. Commun., ...

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### Spheres over rational numbers and other fields

Let K be an ordered field. Define the n-sphere:
$$S^n(K) := \{ (x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n+1) \in K^{n+1} \mid \sum_{i=1}^{n+1} x_i^2 = 1 \}$$
A set of vectors $v_1, v_2, \dots, v_r \in S^n(K)$ is ...

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### What is the transcendence degree of Q_p and C over Q?

Is the tr.deg of Q_p over Q 1? and what about C over Q?

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### Can the algebraic closure of a complete field be complete and of infinite degree?

Yes, this is yet another "foundational" question in valuation theory.
Here's the background: it is a well known classical fact that the dimension (in the purely algebraic sense) of a real Banach ...

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### On using field extensions to prove the impossiblity of a straightedge and compass construction

Let $z \in \mathbb{C}$. Consider the following statements:
The point $z$ can be constructed with straightedge and compass starting from the points $\{ 0,1\}$.
There is a field extension $K / ...

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### Irreducible Polynomials in UFD and corresponding Quotient Field

Hello,
"Let $D$ be a UFD and let $F$ be its quotient field. Further let
$f$ be a primitive polynomial of positive degree in $D\left[x\right]$.
From this it follows that that $f$ is irreducible in ...

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### Orders of field automorphisms of algebraic complex numbers

Let $Aut(\bar{Q})$ be the automorphism group on the field of algebraic complex numbers. The order of an element $f \in Aut(\bar{Q})$ is the least natural number $n$ (if there exists one) such that ...

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### Algebraicity of the completion of a field? Finiteness?

At the end of my 8410 class today (see http://www.math.uga.edu/~pete/MATH8410.html if you care), one of my students asked me the following very interesting question:
Let $(K,|\ |)$ be a normed field, ...

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### Which commutative groups are the group of units of some field?

Inspired by a recent question on the multiplicative group of fields. Necessary conditions include that there are at most $n$ solutions to $x^n = 1$ in such a group and that any finite subgroup is ...

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### What is it called if a vector space doesn't have an additive inverse?

so, you have, for any two members of the algebraic structure A and B and any nonnegative real values a, b:
two operations: * and +, such that
a*A + b*A = (a+b)*A is in the structure
A + B = B + A ...

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### Are there as many real-closed fields of a given cardinality as I think there are?

Let $\kappa$ be an infinite cardinal. Then there exists at least one real-closed field of cardinality $\kappa$ (e.g. Lowenheim-Skolem; or, start with a function field over $\mathbb{Q}$ in $\kappa$ ...

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### Field and Group Isomorphisms [closed]

We know the following isomorphism theorem for fields: Let $F, F'$ be fields. Suppose $E$ is an extension field of $F$ and $\overline{F}$ is the algebraic closure of $F$. Also $\overline{F'}$ is the ...

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### What is the prime spectrum of a Cauchy series ring?

Let $k$ be a field, and let $| \ |$ be a norm on $k$. The norm induces a metric. To construct the completion $\hat{k}$ as a normed field, the standard recipe is to take the quotient of the ring ...

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### transcendental Galois theory

Suppose we define an arbitrary field extension $K/F$ to be Galois if, for all subextensions $L$ of $K/F$, we have $K^{\operatorname{Aut}(K/L)} = L$. In words: for any element $x$ of $K \setminus L$, ...

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### “Kummerian” fields?

This is sort of a random, spur of the moment question, but here goes:
We define [with apologies to Conan the Barbarian] a field K to be $\textbf{Kummerian}$ if there exists
an index set I, and ...

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### When f(x)-a and f(x)-b yield the same field extension

An interesting mathoverflow question was one due to Philipp Lampe that asked whether a non-surjective polynomial function on an infinite field can miss only finitely many values. In my interpretation ...

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### Field extension containing the eigenvectors of a Hermitian matrix

Let H be a (finite-dimensional) Hermitian matrix with algebraic numbers for its entries, all of which lie in some minimal field extension of the rational numbers; call this field ℚ(H) for short. ...

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### Is the theory of incidence geometry complete?

Consider the basic axioms of planar incidence geometry, which allow us to speak of in-betweeness, collinearity and concurrency. These axioms per se are not complete, since for example, Desargues ...

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### Examples of algebraic closures of finite index

So there are easy examples for algebraic closures that have index two and infinite index: $\mathbb{C}$ over $\mathbb{R}$ and the algebraic numbers over $\mathbb{Q}$. What about the other indices?
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### How much choice is needed to show that formally real fields can be ordered?

Background: a field is formally real if -1 is not a sum of squares of elements in that field. An ordering on a field is a linear ordering which is (in exactly the sense that you would guess if you ...

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### What does “linearly disjoint” mean for abstract field extensions?

All definitions I've seen for the statement "$E,F$ are linearly disjoint extensions of $k$" are only meaningful when $E,F$ are given as subfields of a larger field, say $K$. I am happy with the ...

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### Notation/name for “Artin-Schreier roots”?

If x is an element of a field K and n is a positive integer, we have both a symbol and a name for a root of the polynomial t^n - x = 0: we denote it by x^{1/n} and call it an nth root of x.
Of course ...

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### Expressing field inclusions by polynomial equalities on coefficients

Let $A$ be the set of all quadruples $(a_0,a_1,a_2,a_3) \in {\mathbb Q}^4$ such that
the polynomial $P=X^4+a_3X^3+a_2X^2+a_1X+a_0$ is irreducible and if $z$ is any root
of $P$, then ${\mathbb Q}(z)$ ...

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### Are the field norm and trace the unique “nice” maps between fields?

This seems like an obvious fact, but I'm not sure what the necessary meaning of "nice" is to get a result like this. I'm wondering if there is a theorem of the form:
For any <1> field extension ...

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### Is (relatively) algebraically closed stable under finite field extensions?

Let $F\subset F'$ be a field extension such that $F$ is algebraically closed inside $F'$, i.e. if $x\in F'$ is algebraic over $F$ then $x$ belongs to $F$ itself.
Let now $F\subset L$ be a finite field ...

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### Can a non-surjective polynomial map from an infinite field to itself miss only finitely many points?

Is there an infinite field $k$ together with a polynomial $f \in k[x]$ such that the associated map $f \colon k \to k$ is not surjective but misses only finitely many elements in $k$ (i.e. only ...

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### Evidence for Q^solv being Pseudo-algebraically-closed

This is a follow-up to the following answer:
Solvable class field theory
in which it is stated as a "folklore" conjecture that the maximal solvable extension of Q is pseudo algebraically closed ...

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### a question on function fields (extending my previous question)

Consider the extension Q(a,b) of the field of rationals, where a,b are algebraically independent transcendentals. To Q(a,b) adjoin the roots of the polynomials x^5+a^5=1 and y^5+b^5=1. The resulting ...

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### a question on function fields

Consider the transcendental extension Q(t) of the field of rationals.
To Q(t) adjoin the root of the polynomial x^5+t^5=1. The resulting
field Q(t)[x] is a radical extension of Q(t). Is it true that ...

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### Algebraically closed fields of positive characteristic

I'm taking introductory algebraic geometry this term, so a lot of the theorems we see in class start with "Let k be an algebraically closed field." One of the things that's annoyed me is that as far ...

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### Characterisation for separable extension of a field

Can someone verify this for me.. or tell me what reference shows me this... is this true:
Let $k$ be a field. Then a field extension $K$ of $k$ is separable over $k$ iff for any field extension $L ...

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### In what sense are fields an algebraic theory?

Since there is no "free field generated by a set", it would seem that
1) there is no monad on Set whose algebras are exactly the fields
and
2) there is no Lawvere theory whose models in Set are ...

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### Galois Groups vs. Fundamental Groups

In a recent blog post Terry Tao mentions in passing that:
"Class groups...are arithmetic analogues of the (abelianised) fundamental groups in topology, with Galois groups serving as the analogue of ...