From: rusin@washington.math.niu.edu (Dave Rusin)
Newsgroups: sci.math
Subject: Re: sum of 3 squares
Date: 7 Nov 1995 18:43:10 GMT
In article , Nick Halloway wrote:
>
>What is an "order"? Subring that's a finitely generated Z-module? Or
>something else?
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^="of maximal rank". Just to be clear: it's supposed to be
a subring containing 1.
So for example in K=Q(sqrt(-3)), Z is not an order, 2Z+(2sqrt(-3)) Z
is not an order; Z[sqrt(-3)] is an order but not maximal;
Z[(1+sqrt(-3))/2] is an order and is the maximal one -- the ring of
integers of K (which is the splitting field of x^3-1=0 over Q).
Usage probably varies; in this case I am quoting Borevich and Shafarevich's
"Number Theory". (Many nice topics, many unfortunate typos)
dave