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From the Preface: "I felt it might be priceless for graduate scholars to determine a close account of the series of mathematical advancements which used to be encouraged through the Conjecture, and which eventually resulted in its complete solution.... I provided a direction on Serre's Conjecture to a small crew of graduate scholars in January, 1977 [at the college of California, Berkeley] three hundred and sixty five days after its resolution by means of Quillen and Suslin. My direction was once taught greatly within the spirit of a mathematical 'guided tour'. Volunteering because the advisor, I took upon myself the duty of charting a course via the entire attractive arithmetic surrounding the most challenge to be handled; the 'guide' then leads his viewers during the path, directly to the vacation spot, declaring the attractive sceneries and historic landmarks alongside the way."
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Show GT is a group. For each t ∈ T , let Gt = G. Note that GT is just another way Gt . Also note that if T = [0, 1] and G = R, the addition defined on of writing t∈T GT is just the usual addition of functions used in calculus. ) Chapter 3 Rings Rings are additive abelian groups with a second operation called multiplication. The connection between the two operations is provided by the distributive law. Assuming the results of Chapter 2, this chapter flows smoothly. This is because ideals are also normal subgroups and ring homomorphisms are also group homomorphisms.
If the elements of Rn are written as row vectors, Rn is identified with R1,n . , addition is a binary operation Rm,n × Rm,n → Rm,n . , the i, j term of the sum is the sum of the i, j terms. The following theorem is just an observation. Theorem Rm,n is an additive abelian group. Its “zero” is the matrix 0 = 0m,n all of whose terms are zero. Also −(ai,j ) = (−ai,j ). Furthermore, as additive groups, Rm,n ≈ Rmn . Scalar multiplication An element of R is called a scalar. A matrix may be “multiplied” on the right or left by a scalar.
Exercise Suppose R and S are rings. Note that R × 0 is not a subring of R × S because it does not contain (1R , 1S ). Show R × 0 is an ideal and (R × S/R × 0) ≈ S. ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ Suppose I ⊂ R and J ⊂ S are ideals. Show I × J is an ideal of R × S and every ideal of R × S is of this form. Exercise Suppose R and S are commutative rings. Show T = R × S is not a domain. Let e = (1, 0) ∈ R × S and show e2 = e, (1 − e)2 = (1 − e), R × 0 = eT , and 0 × S = (1 − e)T . Exercise If T is any ring, an element e of T is called an idempotent provided e2 = e.
Serre’s Conjecture by T. Y. Lam (auth.)