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The radical solution of a solvable 17th degree equation

(The question is at the bottom of the post.) Here's a "natural" solvable 17-th deg eqn with small coefficients: $$\begin{align*} x^{17}-6 x^{16}&-24 x^{15}-42 x^{14}-31 x^{13}-23 x^{12}-7 ...
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Ring structure on the Galois group of a finite field

Let $F$ be a finite field. There is an isomorphism of topological groups $(\mathrm{Gal}(\overline{F}/F),\circ) \cong (\widehat{\mathbb{Z}},+)$. It follows that the Galois group carries the structure ...
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Field-theoretic description of fixed field of central subgroups?

Given a Galois extension $E/F$ with Galois group $G$, and a subextension $E/K$ with Galois group $H$, is there a "field-theoretic" characterization of when $H$ is central (i.e. $H\leq Z(G)$)? By ...
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Relationship between intersection and compositum of fields

This issue came up in a number theory lecture today. Let $K$ be a number field and let $L/K$ be an abelian (finite Galois) extension. Then there exists a primitive $m$th root of unity $\zeta_m$ so ...
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Classification of all subrings

Let $R$ be an integral domain whose underlying additive group is finitely generated free and whose field of fractions $K$ is a finite Galois extension of $\mathbb{Q}$. Is there a method of ...
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On a Proof in Galois Theory

We have the following lemma (used in the proof of Abel's Theorem): If $\text{Char}(F)=0$, $E/F$ is a radical extension, and $K/E$ is the Galois closure of $E/F$, then $K/F$ is also a radical ...
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Patrick Morandi- Field and Galois Theory- Section 4- Exercise 11

Let $K$ be the rational function field $k (x)$ over a perfect field $k$ of characteristic $p > 0$. Let $F = k(u)$ for some $u$ in $K$, and write $u = \frac {f(x)}{g(x)}$ with $f$ and $g$ ...
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“The Galois group of $\pi$ is $\mathbb{Z}$”

Last year, in a talk of Michel Waldschmidt's, I remember hearing a statement along the lines of the title of this question: The Galois group of $\pi$ is $\mathbb{Z}$. In what sense/framework is ...
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Why differential Galois theory is not widely used?

E.R.Kolchin has developed the differential Galois theory in 1950s. And it seems powerful a tool which can decide the solvability and the form of solutions to a given differential equation. My ...
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When exactly is the splitting of a prime given by the factorization of a polynomial?

Let $L/K$ be an extension of number fields with $L=K(\alpha)$, where $\alpha\in \mathcal{O}_L$. Let $f\in \mathcal{O}_K[x]$ be the minimal polynomial of $\alpha$ over $K$. Let ...
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Ramification group fixing an unramified extension

For a Galois extension of local fields $L/K$ with Galois group $G$, define the ramification groups $G_i$ by $$G_i = \{ \sigma \in G : \nu_{L}(\sigma(x) - x) \geq i+1 \text{ } \forall x \in ...
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Proof that a finite separable extension has only finite many intermediate fields

Let $E/F$ be finite separable extension. Is there any proof of the fact that there are only finitely many intermediate fields without using primitive element theorem or fundamental theorem of Galois ...
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How often are Galois groups equal to $S_n$?

Let $\mathbb{Z}[x]_n$ be the set of polynomials in $\mathbb{Z}[x]$ of degree at most $n$. Then, consider some sensible increasing filtration $$A_0 \subset A_1 \subset A_2 \subset \cdots$$ of ...
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Prove that every algebraic extensions over $\mathbb{R}$ are isomorphic to $\mathbb{R}/\mathbb{R}$ or $\mathbb{C}/\mathbb{R}$

Prove that every algebraic extensions over $\mathbb{R}$ are isomorphic to $\mathbb{R}/\mathbb{R}$ or $\mathbb{C}/\mathbb{R}$ Corollary $3.20$ page $267$ of Hungerford - Algebra: "Every proper ...
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Classes of groups known to be realizable (IGP)

A finite group $G$ of order $n$ is said to be realizable (over $\mathbb{Q}$) if there exists a Galois extension $L/\mathbb{Q}$ such that $\mathrm{Gal}(L/\mathbb{Q})=G$. I'm curious what classes of ...
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Generalization of Kummer isomorphism?

Let $p$ be a prime number and denote by $\mathbb{F}_p(1)$ the one dimensional vector space over $\mathbb{F}_p$ endowed with an action of $G:=Gal(\bar{\mathbb{Q}}_p / \mathbb{Q}_p)$ via the mod $p$ ...
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Can one trisect $\arccos(6/7)$?

Is this proof correct? Proof: Here $\theta = \arccos(6/7)$. Now to show we can't trisect $\theta$, we show that $\theta/3$ is not constructible by finding the irreducible polynomial in $\mathbb ...
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A sequence of rational polynomials whose splitting fields over $\mathbf{Q}$ have dihedral Galois groups.

It is well known that the splitting fields of $x^3-2$ and $x^4-2$ over $\mathbf{Q}$ have Galois groups $D_6$ and $D_8$, Dihedral groups of $6$ and $8$ elements respectively. However, this pattern ...
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Galois group solvable but $f$ not solvable.

I know from a theorem that: Let $F$ be a field of characteristic $0$ and $f(x)\in F[x]$. Then $f(x)$ is solvable by radicals if and only if the Galois group of $f(x)$ is solvable. But what if the ...
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Complex Conjugation as an $F$-Automorphism of $K$?

I am struggling with the following problem: Let $f \in F[x]$ be an irreducible quintic polynomial with splitting field $K$, where $\mathbb{Q} \subseteq F$. Supposing that $f$ has three real roots ...
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Intuition about structures in Galois Theory.

Background Often in mathematics I find we can ask "why" something is true. Of course, this is not a well defined question. However, it usually prompts answers that includes words like ...
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Understanding a Proof in Galois Theory Notes

My course lecture notes for Galois Theory make the following (standard) claim about the uniqueness of splitting fields for a given polynomial. I am struggling to understand the proof the lecturer ...
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Galois Group of $x^5+ 5x^3 + 5x + 1$.

I've been asked to determine the Galois Group of $x^5+ 5x^3 + 5x + 1$. This is what I know so far. 1) The polynomial is irreducible. 2) Its discriminant is $78125=5^7$ Since the discriminant is ...
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Deriving the Bring-Jerrard quintic using a $cubic$ Tschirnhausen transformation

One can simultaneously eliminate three terms from the general quintic using a quartic Tschirnhausen transformation. The 4th parameter of the quartic allows it to be done in radicals and details are in ...
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Galois group acts transitively

The question I am dealing with is: Let F be a field, $f(x)\in F[x]$ be irreducible and let $N/F$ be normal field extension. Let $$f(x) = g_1(x) \cdot \dots \cdot g_r (x)$$ be the factorization of ...
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Showing that $[\mathbb C(z):\mathbb C(f_0)]=$topological degree of $f_0\in\mathbb C(z)$ as a function from the Riemann sphere to itself

McKean & Moll offer the following sketch of a proof. Let $P(x)=a_0(x)-f_0b_0(x)$ in $\mathbb C(f_0)[x]$ where $f_0(z)=\dfrac{a_0(z)}{b_0(z)}$ is in $\mathbb C(z)$. Then evidently, $\deg P=\#$ ...
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How (possibly) many subfields does $\mathbb{F}$ has that extend $\mathbb{Q}$?

$\mathbb{F}/\mathbb{Q}$ is a finite extension. Denote $\dim_{\mathbb{Q}}\mathbb{F}=n$. How (possibly) many subfields does $\mathbb{F}$ has that extend $\mathbb{Q}$? Thoughts: if ...
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Galois group of $x^6-5x^3+6$

Let $f = x^6-5x^3+6$. I want to determine $\operatorname{Gal}(f/\mathbb{Q})$ without some group theory tricks (like Sylow's theorems) and without reduction $\bmod p$. Let $L_f = ...
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What is the automorphism group of the field of all constructible numbers?

Let $\Omega\subseteq \mathbb{C}$ be the field of all constructible numbers (i.e. $\Omega$ is the smallest subfield of $\mathbb{C}$ which is closed under taking square roots). What is known about the ...
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Why restriction to $B(\alpha)$ is a homomorphism from $Gal(E/B)$ to a group with kernel $Gal(E/B(\alpha))$?

I'm reading Galois Theory for Beginners by John Stillwell. It's a good introduction, giving the essence of the idea with minimum algebra complexity. However, I'm a bit lost at his Theorem 2 (the ...
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Compute Galois group of these extensions.

I think that I have a problem in the redaction. I have to compute 1) $G=\text{Gal}(\mathbb Q(\sqrt 3,\sqrt 2)/\mathbb Q)$ I know that $\mathbb Q(\sqrt 3,\sqrt 2)$ is the splitting field of ...
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Let $K = \mathbb{Z_p(t)}$ be the field of rational functions and let $f(x) = x^p - x - t \in K[x]$ and let $E/K$ be the splitting field of $f(x)$.

Show $f(x)$ is not solvable by radicals and $Gal(E/K) \cong Z_p$. I was just reading Galois theory from the textbook "Galois Theory - Rotman" and I stumbled acrossed an exercise that looked ...
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Splitting field of $1 + x^3 + x^6 + x^9$

I'm studying for a qualifying exam and wanted to know if my reasoning on this problem was correct: Let $L$ be the splitting field of $f(x) = 1 + x^3 + x^6 + x^9$ over $\mathbb{Q}$. Find the Galois ...
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Determine $\text{Gal}(\mathbb{Q}(\alpha) / \mathbb{Q})$ where $\alpha = \omega + \omega^7 + \omega^{11}$

Suppose $\alpha = \omega + \omega^7 + \omega^{11}$, where $\omega$ is a primitive root of unity of order 19. Determine the Galois group of $\mathbb{Q}(\alpha) / \mathbb{Q}$. With which other well ...
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Number field theoretical analogue of Riemann's Existence Theorem

This question is related to Riemann's Existence Theorem as cited in Neukirch, Schmidt et. al.: Cohomology of Number fields (10.5.1). Let $k$ be a number field, $T \supseteq S \subseteq S_p \cup ...
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Systematically describing the Galois Group and Intermediate Fields

In an exercise in the textbook you are asked to describe the Galois Group and the intermediate fields of the extension $$ L=\newcommand{\Q}{\mathbb Q}\Q(\sqrt 2,\sqrt 3)\supset\Q $$ I have noted that ...
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Automorphism group of an L-function

I define the notion of Galois class of L-functions as follows: $A$ is a Galois class of L-functions if and only if the following conditions simultaneously hold true: 1) $A$ is a subset of the ...
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Ultraproduct of the algebraic closure of finite fields

Ok, I have done a little research on the next problem, and there are simple proofs of it using model theory, logic and the Łoś's theorem. But here, the idea is to prove it using only Field Theory, ...
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Gaussian periods

Let p be an odd prime number and $p-1=m d$ a decomposition into positive factors. Then there is a unique cyclic extension $K_d/\mathbb Q$ of degree d ramified only at p. It is contained in the ...
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Relationship between automorphisms of finite etale covers and function fields

Let $X$ and $Y$ be varieties over an algebraically closed field $K$, $\phi:Y \longrightarrow X$ be a finite etale cover , and let $K(X),K(Y)$ be the function fields of $X$ and $Y$ respectively. Then ...
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Can this cyclic septic be solved using only one 7th root extraction?

I. Quintics For an example of a cyclic quintic, we have for $p=11$, $$x^5 +x^4 −4x^3 −3x^2 +3x+1 = 0\tag1$$ The five roots $x_k$ for $k=0,1,2,3,4$, in radicals, are, $$x_k = ...
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How to find the Galois group of a given polynomial from Galois viewpoint?

Excerpt from Page 3 Consider the polynomial equation \begin{equation*} x^4 - 2 = 0, \end{equation*} with integer coefficients. We have four solutions: \begin{equation*} \alpha = ...
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Prove the form of a fixed field

let $C_3=\langle\sigma\rangle$ and let $\sigma$ act on $K(s,t)$ by $s \mapsto t$ and $t \mapsto -s-t$ I want to prove that $K(s,t)^{C_3}=K(u,v)$ with $u=\frac{s^2+t^2+st}{st(s+t)}$ and ...
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Galois theory question (Kummer's Theory)

This question is from a past exam paper. Suppose $E = \mathbb{Q}(\theta)$, where $\theta$ is a root of $X^{3} - 39X + 26 \in \mathbb{Q}[X]$. Prove that $E$ is cyclic Galois extension of ...
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“Breaking the symmetry” in solving algebraic equations

I've heard somewhere a discussion about solving algebraic equations before: When solving a quadratic equation, we are essentially doing the following. Observe that ...
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Decompose a vector space into invariant subspaces?

Consider the following proposition: Suppose $V$ is a finite dimensional vector space over a field $F$, and $K/F$ is a finite Galois extension with Galois group $G$. If $V$ has a $(K,K)$ bimodule ...
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Way to check the Galois groups of given polynomials online?

Is there some way (for instance a way of typing into Wolfram Alpha) that will give me the Galois group of a given polynomial over Q.
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$\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{2+\sqrt{2}})$ is Galois over $\mathbb{Q}$?

I need to show that the extension $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{2+\sqrt{2}})$ is Galois over $\mathbb{Q}$, and compute its Galois group. I am learning Galois theory by myself and got stuck in this exercise. I ...
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Why is $\mathbb F_5(\root{15}\of t)$ not normal over $\mathbb F_5(t)$?

Why is $\mathbb F_5(\root{15}\of t)$ not normal over $\mathbb F_5(t)$? (I'm asking this question in order to understand this answer). My idea for a proof so far: $f:=X^{15}-t\in F_5(t)$ is the ...
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Inertia field of a compositum.

My question is regarding composite field extensions. The problem is motivated but not explicitly stated in the chapter 4 exercises of Marcus' Number Fields, in particular ex. 31 c) We first provide ...