Let be a commutative unital ring, usually a field (but conceivably even a commutative rig).
A nonassociative -algebra is a -module equipped with a bilinear product .
This product is typically neither associative nor unital, although it can be (an example of the red herring principle).
Mathematicians working in the field of nonassociative algebras often say simply ‘algebra’ meaning a nonassociative algebra.
Some interesting subclasses are Lie algebra, Jordan algebra, Leibniz algebra, alternative algebra, associative unital algebra, composition algebra…
The octonions are a (slightly) non-associative real normed division algebra.
- Richard D. Schafer, Introduction to Non-Associative Algebras, Dover, New York, 1995. (pdf)
Revised on March 16, 2015 18:38:59
by Urs Schreiber