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abelian $\ell$-adic representations in $\widehat{SL(2,Z)}$

In Grothendieck's Esquisse he claims that the action of $$\text{Gal}(\mathbb Q)\to\text{Out}(\pi_1(M_{1,1})=\text{Out}(\widehat{SL(2,Z)})$$ obtained from the homotopy exact sequence of the étale ...
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Does the Lehmer quintic parameterize certain minimal polynomials of the $p$th root of unity for infinitely many $p$?

The solvable Emma Lehmer quintic is given by, $$F(y) = y^5 + n^2y^4 - (2n^3 + 6n^2 + 10n + 10)y^3 + (n^4 + 5n^3 + 11n^2 + 15n + 5)y^2 + (n^3 + 4n^2 + 10n + 10)y + 1 = 0$$ with discriminant $D = (7 + ...
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construct totally real cubic fields

Given some $e_i=0$ or $1$ for $1\le i \le 3$. I wish to construct a totally real cubic number field $K$ so that $\prod_{i=1}^3 sgn(\sigma_i(u))^{e_i}$ is always $1$ for any $u\in O_K^\times$ where ...
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Variance of the roots of a complex polynomial

Let $P\in\mathbb{C}[X]$ be a complex polynomial of degree $n\geq 2$ with complex roots $\alpha_1, \alpha_2,\ldots, \alpha_n$. My question is about the existence of a formula for the variance of the ...
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Do we know that 'most' finite groups are Galois groups of number fields?

The inverse Galois problem is a classical problem in mathematics and asks whether every finite group can be realized as the Galois group of a finite field extension of the rational numbers. The ...
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Isomorphism problem for two radical extensions

Let $n\geq 2$ and let $a,b\in{\mathbb Q}$. Suppose that both the polynomials $A=X^n-a$ and $B=X^n-b$ are irreducible. We want to know whether ( * ) there is a root $\alpha$ of $A$ and a root $\beta$ ...
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Disjoint images of polynomials

Are there any $f,g \in \mathbb{Q}[x]$ such that for every root of unity $\zeta$, and every $a,b \in \mathbb{Q}(\zeta)$, $f(a) \neq g(b)?$
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Images of polynomials

Let $f,g \in \mathbb{Q}[x]$ be polynomials such that $\{f(a) : a \in \mathbb{Q}\} \subseteq \{g(a) : a \in \mathbb{Q} \}$. Must there be some $h \in \mathbb{Q}[x]$ such that $f(x) = g(h(x))$ for all ...
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Finite extension of K(x) with extra structure: definable over field of invariants?

Let $K$ be an algebraically closed field, and let $\sigma$ be an automorphism on $K$. Set $k=K^\sigma$. Consider the rational function field $K(x)$ and extend $\sigma$ to $K(x)$ by $\sigma(x)=x$, ...
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What are the minimal degrees of the real and imaginary part of an algebraic complex number? [closed]

Let $z=a+bi\in\mathbb C$ with $b\ne0$ be an algebraic complex number of minimal degree $n$. It is obvious that $a=\dfrac {z+\bar{z}}2$ and $b=\dfrac {z-\bar{z}}{2i}$ are also algebraic. For $n=3$, it ...
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The construction of the 257gon

If $\zeta\in\mathbb C$ is a primitive $257$th root of unity, the Galois group $\operatorname{Gal}(\mathbb Q(\zeta)/\mathbb Q)$ is cyclic of order $256=2^8$, so we know that there is a sequence of $8$ ...
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Does one real radical root imply they all are?

Is there an example of an irreducible polynomial $f(x) \in \mathbb{Q}[x]$ with a real root expressible in terms of real radicals and another real root not expressible in terms of real radicals?
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efficiently checking that a field extension is Galois

Let $K \subset L$ be an algebraic extension of fields finitely presented over a prime field or over an algebraically closed field. Is there an efficient procedure to check that $L/K$ is Galois? To ...
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Galois groups and prescribed ramification

What is known about finite groups $G$ for which there exists a Galois extension $K$ of $\mathbb{Q}$ ramified only at $2$ such that $\text{Gal}(K/\mathbb{Q}) \cong G$ ? More generally, which groups can ...
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What justification can you give for the fact that “most ODEs do not have an explicit solution”?

What justification can you give for the fact that "most ODEs do not have an explicit solution"?
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Metric defined over Galois extensions of the rationals [duplicate]

I don't know if this of interest, but I'd be curious to know if the following idea has been pursued. In this question (Metric on the set of subsets of the rational primes) I proposed a metric, d, ...
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Is a Galois extension of the rationals determined by its set of completely split primes?

apologies if this is a naive question. Consider two Galois extensions, K and L, of the rational numbers. For each extension, consider the set of rational primes that split completely in the ...
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Can a sum of roots of unity be an integer?

Let $n \geq 2$, $H \lneq (\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z})^*$, $\zeta_k$ a primitive $k$-th root of unity. Is it possible that $$\sum_{h \in H} \zeta_k^{h} \in \mathbb{Z}$$ for every $k$ dividing $n$ such that ...
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q-th powers and roots of polynomials

Let $p,q,r$ be integers with $r\ge2$; let $f$ be a polynomial of the form $f(X) = g((X+1)^r)$, which is not a $q$-th power. Let $\omega$ be a $p$-th root of unity. Show that the polynomial ...
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Is there an algebraic number that cannot be expressed using only elementary functions?

(this is basically a repost of a question I asked at M.SE last year) Is there an explicit real algebraic number (such that we can write its minimal polynomial and a rational isolating interval) that ...
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Galois groups of CM fields which are a degree two extension of a cyclotomic field

Let $E$ be a CM number field. Assume that $E$ is a degree two extension of the cyclotomic field $\mathbb{Q}(\mu_n)$, so $E=\mathbb{Q}(\mu_n)(\sqrt{\kappa})$ for some $\kappa \in \mathbb{Q}(\mu_n)$. ...
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Finite extension of local fields

Can a (higher) local field have uncountably many finite (seperable) extensions?
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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 $x^{n}-x-1$ irreducible?

Is it true that for every $n \in \mathbb{N}$, $x^{n}-x-1$ is irreducible in $\mathbb{Z}[x]$? The standard irreducibility criteria seem to fail.
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Cyclotomic character in class field theory

Let $K$ be an extension of $\mathbb{Q}_p$. By local class field theory, the $p$-adic cyclotomic character $\mathrm{Gal}_K \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}_p^\times$ corresponds to a character $\chi : K^\times ...
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Constructing quintic number fields with certain splitting behaviour

I am looking for number fields $K$ which satisfy the following properties: $[K:\mathbb{Q}]=5$. The Galois closure of $K$ has Galois group $S_5$. For each prime $p$ which ramifies in $K$, there ...
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Families of quintics in $\mathbb{Q}[x]$ with Galois group $A_5$

Theorem. The Galois group of a quintic polynomial $f\in\mathbb{Q}[x]$ is $A_5$ if and only if its discriminant is a rational square and its Weber sextic resolvent has no rational root. Question. What ...
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Minimal fields of isomorphism for varieties

Let $V$ be an algebraic variety over a field $K$. Is there a constant $d = d(V) \in \mathbb{N}$ such that for any variety $W$ defined over $K$ and isomorphic to $V$ over the algebraic closure of $K$, ...
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Transcendental numbers in the p-adic rationals $\mathbb Q_p$ [closed]

I know that there are uncountably infinite transcendentals over $\mathbb Q$ in $\mathbb Q_p$. What i want to ask is if there is a way to determine whether a transcendental over $\mathbb Q$ lays in ...
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Local Inverse Galois Problem

It's a basic fact that a finite Galois extension $L/K$ of a local nonarchimedian field $K$ has solvable (in fact supersolvable) Galois group $G$. One sees this by using the ramification filtration ...
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questions about the “relative fundamental group” of SGA 1 Expose XIII

$\newcommand{\LL}{\mathbb{L}}$ I'm reading SGA 1, obtained from http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0206203 My questions regard 4.5 and 4.5.1 (page 309) of Expose XIII. Following "Exemples 4.4" in Expose ...
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Degree 17 number fields ramified only at 2

The number $17$ is the smallest odd number that occurs as the degree of a number field $K/\mathbb{Q}$ for which the only finite prime that ramifies is $2$. The non-existence for $n < 17$ follows ...
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Permutation Groups Containing non-commuting $p$-cycles

I noticed that the following is true, and that there is a reasonably elementary proof of it (in particular, the classification of finite simple groups is not needed). Let $G$ be a finite permutation ...
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“Galois subfields of real radical extensions are at most quadratic” [closed]

I was looking at the following page that attempts to prove that any Galois extension of a subfield $F$ of $\mathbb R$ contained in $F(\sqrt[n]{a})$ for some real $a$ with a real $n$th root must have ...
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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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Is it possible to express $\int\sqrt{x+\sqrt{x+\sqrt{x+1}}}dx$ in elementary functions?

I asked a question at Math.SE last year and later offered a bounty for it, but it remains unsolved even in the simplest case. So I finally decided to repost this case here: Is it possible to express ...
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Maximal unramified extension and inertia group for separable closure

I have a problem in understanding the inertia group of an infinite extension. I am studying it in this context. Let $K$ be a field, $v$ a discrete valuation on $K$, and $\mathcal{O}_v$ the discrete ...
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Is my field algebraically closed?

For a field $L$, let $\widetilde L$ be the splitting field of all irreducible polynomials over $L$ having prime-power degree. Question: Do we have $\widetilde{\mathbf Q}=\overline{\mathbf Q}$? ...
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Sextic resolvent has no rational root

An irreducible quintic $f(x)\in\mathbb{Q}[x]$, is solvable by radicals if and only if its sextic resolvent $\theta_f (y)=(y^3+py^2+qy+r)^2-2^{10}\Delta(f)y$ has a rational root ($\Delta$ is the ...
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Variant of Hilbert 90 for Galois extensions

Let $K/\mathbb F_q(x)$ be a finite Galois extension with Galois group $G$. Let $Aut(K)$ be the group of $\mathbb F_q$-automorphisms of $K$. Obviously, $G\subseteq Aut(K)$. It is well known that ...
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Incomplete Failures of the Inverse Galois Problem

I thought of this question the other day and have not been able to get any traction on references or results along its lines, so I finally caved and decided to ask it here. I am no expert on Galois ...
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Maximal separable extension of $\mathbb F_q((t))$

Let $K=\mathbb F_q((t))$. I want to prove that $K^{sep}$ is composite of $K^{sep}(p)$ and $K^{sep}(not \ p)$, where $K^{sep}(p)$ is maximal Galois extension of $K$ of exponent $p$, $K^{sep}(not \ p)$ ...
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Isomorphism related to the first cohomology group

I would like to prove the following: Let $K_1$, (resp. $K_2$) be a finite Galoisian extension of $\mathbb Q$ of degree $[K_1:\mathbb Q]=n_1$ with ring of integers $\mathcal O_{K_1}$ and Galois group ...
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Computation of Galois group

I'm studying methods of computation of Galois group of irreducible polynomials over $\mathbb{Q}$. In case of fifth degree there are 5 variants of Galois ...
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Is there a precise notion of “almost all” such that almost all finite groups are Galois groups of extensions of the rationals?

I vainly tried to define a notion of "almost solvable group" such that every "almost solvable group" is the Galois group of a finite extension of the rationals, but I can't figure out the right way to ...
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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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How to prove that every polynomial in an infinite family is irreducible over Q?

Consider the bivariate polynomial $$p(X,Y) = X^5 - (2 Y + 1) X^3 - (Y^2 + 2) X^2 + Y (Y-1) X + Y^3.$$ For every integer $y \ge 4$, I conjecture that $p(X,y)$ is irreducible in $\mathbb{Q}[X]$. How can ...
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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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Degree of Kummer extensions of number fields

Let $K$ be a number field and $a\in K^*$ of infinite order in $K^*$. How do I show that $$[K(\sqrt[n]{a},\zeta_n):K]\geq C\cdot n\cdot\varphi(n)$$ holds for all positive integers $n$, with a positive ...
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The proof of Belyi theorem by Lando and Zvonkin

I'm sorry for asking such a specific question, but i have trouble understanding one detail in the proof of Belyi's theorem in the book "Graphs on surfaces and their applications" by Lando and Zvonkin" ...