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### Is there a solvable point on any variety over the field of complex rational functions?

Let $K = \mathbb{C}(T)$ be the field of complex rational functions in one variable, and let $V$ be a variety defined over $K$.
Must $V$ have a solvable point?
The variety $V$ is assumed ...

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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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### Density of tuples of conjugate algebraic numbers

One can see that algebraic numbers are dense in the complex plane by just looking at quadratic polynomials. I am interested in a "higher order" density of algebraic numbers.
More specifically: is it ...

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### On certain representations of algebraic numbers in terms of trigonometric functions

Let's say that a real number has a simple trigonometric representation, if it can be represented as a product of zero or more rational powers of positive integers and zero or more (positive or ...

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### Explicit formula for $\sin\frac{\alpha}{3}$ [closed]

Recently I was thinking on the following problem: find all $\alpha\in R$ such that $\sin\frac{\alpha}{3}$ has an algebraic expression involving only rational powers over rational constants and ...

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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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### 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.
Prove or disprove that the ...

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### Evaluating products of cyclotomic polynomials at roots of unity

Are there general non-trivial conditions on $p(\cdot)$ and $n$, where $p(\cdot)$ is a product of cyclotomic polynomials and $n$ is a positive integer, such that all the coefficients of $p(\cdot)$ are ...

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### Solving z^n=a+ib using only radicals of positive real numbers

Let $a+bi\in\mathbf{C}$ be a complex number with $a,b\in\mathbf{R}$. Then
it is easy to find exact solutions of $z^2=a+ib$. For example let $z=u+iv$. Then
$$
u^2+v^2=z\overline{z}=\sqrt{a^2+b^2}
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Books on advanced galois theory

I have been studying galois theory on my own and find it very fascinating. I have gone through Ian Stewarts book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Galois-Theory-Third-Chapman-Mathematics/dp/1584883936. I am ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Using higher-order Bring radicals to solve arbitrary polynomials

It is well known that there is no general formula for the solution of the quintic. Of course, what this really means is that there is no general formula that only involves addition, subtraction, ...

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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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### Splitting of a division algebra with an involution of second kind

Let $k$ be a field, $K/k$ a separable quadratic extension,
and $D/K$ a central division algebra of dimension $r^2$ over $K$
with an involution $\sigma$ of second kind
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### questions about the “relative fundamental group” of SGA 1 Expose XIII

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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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### “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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### 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 ...