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Quadratic Forms with Applications to Algebraic Geometry and Topology

Quadratic Forms with Applications to Algebraic Geometry and Topology


Part of London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series

  • Date Published: September 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521467551

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  • This volume has grown out of lectures given by Professor Pfister over many years. The emphasis here is placed on results about quadratic forms that give rise to interconnections between number theory, algebra, algebraic geometry and topology. Topics discussed include Hilbert's 17th problem, the Tsen-Lang theory of quasi algebraically closed fields, the level of topological spaces and systems of quadratic forms over arbitrary fields. Whenever possible proofs are short and elegant, and the author's aim was to make this book as self-contained as possible. This is a gem of a book bringing together thirty years' worth of results that are certain to interest anyone whose research touches on quadratic forms.

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    'A very readable complement to the standard treatments.' Mathematica

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    • Date Published: September 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521467551
    • length: 188 pages
    • dimensions: 232 x 154 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The representation theory of Cassels
    2. Multiplicative quadratic forms
    3. The level of fields, rings and topological spaces
    4. Hilbert's homogeneous nullstellensatz
    5. Tsen-Lang theory
    6. Hilbert's 17th problem
    7. The Pythagoras number
    8. The u-invariant
    9. Systems of quadratic forms
    10. The level of projective spaces.

  • Author

    Albrecht Pfister, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany

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