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Reference request: The relationship between norm and trace forms on an Albert algebra

I am interested in either a nice reference, or some clarification. Overview: I am considering $J_3(\mathbb{O})$, the Jordan algebra of $3\times 3$ self adjoint octonionic matrices. This algebra is a ...
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What is about nonassociative geometry ?

At the end of a conference given by Alain Connes in 2000 (here is a video in French), a member of the audience asked a question. I transcribed and translated it for you below: Audience: You showed ...
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polarization/linearization as in jordan forms

I am new to this branch of math, so bear with me. This question started when reading Kevin McCrimmon's "A Taste of Jordan Algebras" It talks about polarization and gives a general description. ...
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Algebraic axiomatization for AB+BA^T operation on matrices

Let us consider a matrix algebra $Mat_{n\times n}(K)$, where $K$ is a field, $char K \neq 2.$ It is well-known that the axiomatization of commutator operation $[A,B]=AB-BA$ on matrix algebra leads us ...
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ABA-product of matrices and length of chains of principal inner ideals

Let $k$ be a field, $p,q$ positive integers, and let $R$ be the space of $(p \times q)$-matrices over $k$, and $S$ be the space of $(q \times p)$-matrices over $k$. For every matrix $A \in R$, we ...
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How do Jordan algebras help one understand representations of exceptional Lie algebras?

For this question I'm happy to take the complex numbers as the base field. I've been trying to learn a little bit about the exceptional Lie algebras and for a while they seemed inaccessible. I looked ...