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Suppose $k$ is a field and let $n > m$. Does there exist injective homomorphisms $$ k [[x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n]] \rightarrow k[[x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_m]]\ ?$$

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What is the second thing? Missed a $k$? –  Rasmus Sep 30 '11 at 13:18
    
@Rasmus: Thanks. –  Valeriya Sep 30 '11 at 13:24
    
What have you tried? Is this a homework question (it reads like one)? –  Rasmus Sep 30 '11 at 13:35
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no, it is from the "false beliefs" thread at MO. –  Valeriya Sep 30 '11 at 13:52
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Taken from mathoverflow.net/a/25231 –  user26857 Jul 8 at 6:22

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This answer is (a revision of) Simon Wadsley's comment posted here with the only goal to remove this question from the unanswered queue.

Let $k$ be a countable field, and take a map $k[[x,y,z]] \to k[[u,v]]$ that sends $x$ to $u$, $y$ to $uv$ and $z$ to $uf(v)$ for some $f∈k[[v]]$. It isn't hard to see that only for countably many choices of $f$ can the kernel possibly be non-zero.

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