algebraic number theory






Algebraic number theory studies algebraic numbers, number fields and related algebraic structures.

An algebraic number is a root of a polynomial equation with integer coefficients (or, equivalently with rational coeffients). An algebraic integer is a root of a monic polynomial with integer coefficients. Given a field kk a (algebraic) number field K=k[P]K = k[P] over kk is the minimal field containing all the roots of a given polynomial PP with coefficients in kk. Usually one considers algebraic number fields over rational numbers.

The main direction in algebraic number theory is the class field theory which roughly studies finite abelian extensions of number fields. The one dimensional class field theory stems from the ideas of Kronecker and Weber, and results of Hilbert soon after them. Main results of the theory belong to the first half of the 20th century (Hilbert, Artin, Tate, Hasse…) and are quite different for the local field from the global field case. Generalizations for higher dimensional fields came later under now active higher class field theory, which is usually formulated in terms of algebraic K-theory and is closely related to deep questions of algebraic geometry (Tate, Kato, Saito etc.).

The circle of nnLab entries belonging or related closely to algebraic number theory is in its infancy, and the partial list of entries some of which are started and most of which are to be created should include (the entries grouped by similarity)


  • Albrecht Fröhlich, J. W. S. Cassels (editors), Algebraic number theory, Acad. Press 1967, with many reprints; Fröhlich, Cassels, Birch, Atiyah, Wall, Gruenberg, Serre, Tate, Heilbronn, Rouqette, Kneser, Hasse, Swinerton-Dyer, Hoechsmann, systematic lecture notes from the instructional conference at Univ. of Sussex, Brighton, Sep. 1-17, 1965.

  • Jürgen Neukirch, Algebraische Zahlentheorie (1992), English translation Algebraic Number Theory, Grundlehren der Mathematischen Wissenschaften 322, 1999 (pdf)

  • Albrecht Fröhlich, Martin J. Taylor, Algebraic number theory, Cambridge Studies in Advanced Mathematics 27, 1993

The following survey of Connes-Marcolli work has an accessible quick introduction to algebraic number theory

  • P. Almeida, Noncommutative geometry and arithmetics, Russian Journal of Mathematical Physics 16, No. 3, 2009, pp. 350–362, doi, see also nLab:arithmetic and noncommutative geometry

See also

  • Alexander Schmidt, Higher dimensional class field theory from a topological point of view, page
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