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References for Composition Law on Binary Quadratic Forms

What are some good references for the Gauss composition law on binary quadratic forms in terms of Galois Cohomology? It is my understanding that there is a cohomological approach, and I am studying ...
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Connection between class number and the theory of Ideals/Quadratic Fields

I've been studying the classic results in integer binary quadratic forms, mainly the equivalence and reduction of quadratic forms and the class number $H(d)$ (the definition I got for $H(d)$ is the ...
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Clifford Algebras

What would be the best source to learn Clifford Algebras from? Anything online would suffice or any textual sources for that matter.. I'm interested in doing a project in the subject, but I'm not ...
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A good reference for Quadratic Forms

Can anyone recommend a good reference for brushing up on quadratic forms? They keep coming up (quite naturally of course) in the context of differential geometry and I find I am rustier than I ...
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Reference request for quadratic form diagonalization

I want to read a proof of "Every quadratic form q in n variables over a field of characteristic not equal to 2 is equivalent to a diagonal form" using Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization. Could anyone ...
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Siegel's theorem

I want to learn the proof of the following theorem by Siegel. The statement of the theorem is taken from "Symmetric bilinear forms" by Milnor and Husemoller (pp. 44). They say that the proof is due to ...
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Need reference about quadratic forms on abelian groups.

Let $B$ and $C$ be abelian groups (in additive notation). We call a function $f:B\rightarrow C$ a quadratic form if for all $x,y,z \in B$, the function $f$ satisfies the relation ...
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Polarization: etymology question

The polarization identity expresses a symmetric bilinear form on a vector space in terms of its associated quadratic form: $$ \langle v,w\rangle = \frac{1}{2}(Q(v+w) - Q(v) - Q(w)), $$ where $Q(v) ...