We say that a C*-algebra X has the approximate n-th root property (n ≥ 2) if for every a ∈ X with ∥a∥ ≤ 1 and every ɛ > 0 there exits b ∈ X such that ∥b∥ ≤ 1 and ∥a − bn∥ < ɛ. Some properties of commutative and non-commutative C*-algebras having the approximate n-th root property are investigated. In particular, it is shown that there exists a non-commutative (respectively, commutative) separable unital C*-algebra X such that any other (commutative) separable unital C*-algebra is a quotient of X. Also we illustrate a commutative C*-algebra, each element of which has a square root such that its maximal ideal space has infinitely generated first Čech cohomology.
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