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Why are polynomials so useful in mathematics?

This is perhaps unanswerable, or perhaps I am too algebraically ignorant to phrase it cogently, but: Is there some identifiable reason that polynomials over $\mathbb{C}$, $\mathbb{R}$, ...
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4answers
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The “interplay” between additive and multiplicative structure in a field

A field is an ordered triple $(F, +,\cdot)$ of a set $F$ and binary operations $+,\times$ on $F$ such that $(F,+)$ and $(F\backslash 0,\times)$ are abelian groups satisfying the distributive laws ...
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0answers
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The field $\mathbb{Q}(\cos \frac {2\pi} {n})$ [closed]

Let $x$ be $\cos \displaystyle \frac {2\pi} {n}$ for some natural number $n$. Then is there an integer $n$ such that $\mathbb{Q}(x^2+x)\neq \mathbb{Q}(x)$? I also would like to know if there is some ...
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What is the ring of integers of the Pythagorean field?

Following Hilbert, we call the complex numbers constructible via compass and straight-edge the field of Euclidean numbers, and the totally real such numbers the field of Pythagorean numbers. (Among ...