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### What is the current status of the Kaplansky zero-divisor conjecture for group rings?

Let $K$ be a field and $G$ a group. The so called zero-divisor conjecture for group rings asserts that the group ring $K[G]$ is a domain if and only if $G$ is a torsion-free group.
A couple of good ...

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### How would you solve this tantalizing Halmos problem?

$1-ab$ invertible $\implies$ $1-ba$ invertible has a slick power series "proof" as below, where Halmos asks for an explanation of why this tantalizing derivation succeeds. Do you know one?
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### Are epimorphisms from a division ring isomorphisms ?

According to Corollary 1.2(3) of the paper Silver: Noncommutative Localizations and Applications. J. of Alg. 7(1964), 44-67:
If $R$ is a (commutative) field and $\alpha: R \to S$ an epimorphism in ...

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### Can a quotient ring R/J ever be flat over R?

If R is a ring and J⊂R is an ideal, can R/J ever be a flat R-module? For algebraic geometers, the question is "can a closed immersion ever be flat?"
The answer is yes: take J=0. For a less ...

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### Examples of noncommutative analogs outside operator algebras?

Theo's question made me wonder if there are other "noncommutative analogs" outside of operator algebras. Some noncommutative analogs from operator algebras include:
A $C^\ast$-algebra is a ...

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### A mysterious Heisenberg algebra identity from Sylvester, 1867

I am trying to understand two papers by James Joseph Sylvester:
P92: "Note on the properties of the test operators which occur in the calculus of invariants, their derivatives, analogues, and laws of ...

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### Why is “naive” definition of non-commutative spectrum bad?

It is well-known that the category of affine schemes is equivalent to the opposit category of commutative unital rings. So naively, one would think that the same should hold in non-commutative setting....

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### Point modules of quantum projective space $\mathbb{P}^n$

Let $A$ be a quantum $\mathbb{P}^n$ defined by
$$
A=\mathbb{C}\langle x_1,x_2,\dots,x_{n+1}\rangle/(x_ix_j-r_{ij}x_jx_i)_{1\le i < j\le n+1}.
$$
I would like to know the set $X$ of isomorphism ...

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### Is “being a full ring of quotients” a Morita invariant property?

Definition and context:
An (associative, unital, not necessarily commutative) ring $R$ is called classical if every regular element of $R$ is a unit. Equivalently, $R$ is its own classical ring of ...

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### Applications of Govorov-Lazard Theorem?

I asked this question on SE a long time ago, but never received an answer:
The Govorov-Lazard Theorem states that a (left) module over an unital ring is flat iff it is a direct limit of finitely ...

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### Software for Combinatorial Algebra sought

I am looking for software which helps me do straightforward tasks in combinatorial algebra. Let me give an example of what I mean by a straightforward task:
I have two graded (generally ...

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### Epimorphisms and free submodules

By inspecting the accepted answer to this question
Are epimorphisms from a division ring isomorphisms ?
one obtains the following necessary condition for epimorphisms:
Let $R \le S$ be rings ...

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### Algebra of endomorphisms of f.g. modules as subquotients of matrix algebras

Let $A$ be a $C$-algebra, where $C$ is a commutative ring with $1$, and $M$ be a finitely generated left $A$-module.
Question: Is it true that we can always find a positive integer $n$, a $C$-...

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### Properties of ring epimorphisms that are true only over commutative rings

I'm interested in knowing/collecting some properties of epimorphisms of rings (with identity) that are true over commutative rings but are false in the non-commutative case.
Example: I learned from ...

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### A Question on Koszul duality and $B(\infty)$ structures on $HH^*$

The following theorem is known from a paper "Duality in Gerstenhaber Algebras" by Felix, Menichi, Thomas. Given a simply connected space X of finite type.
There is an equivalence of Gerstenhaber ...

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### Why Jacobson, but not the left (right) maximals individually?

I firstly asked the following question on MathStackExchange a couple of months ago. I did not receive any answers, but a short comment. So, I decided to post it here, hoping to receive answers from ...

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### Separable and Fin. Gen. Projective but not Frobenius?

Let R be a commutative ring, and A an R-algebra (possibly non-commutative). Then A is separable if it is (fin. gen.) projective as an (A tensor_R A^op)-algebra. Suppose further that A is fin. gen. ...

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### strong nilpotent elements

An element x in a noncommutative ring R is strongly nilpotent if any chain
$x_1=x, x_2, ... $, with $x_{n+1}\in x_n R x_n$ terminates at zero. It becomes clear
why this is a good definition once one ...

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### Nilpotent operator of the Weyl algebra

For a research project I'm currently working on, I came across the following problem:
Let $A=$ $^{k <x,y> }\Big/_{(yx-xy-1)}$ be the Weyl Algebra over a field $k$ of characteristic $p$, where $...