I am looking through different proofs for Wedderburn's Little Theorem, which states that every finite division ring is necessarily a field.

I would like to read Emil Artin's proof for this theorem:

Emil Artin, Über einen Satz von Herm J. H. Maclagan Wedderburn, Hamb. Abh. 5 (1928), 245-250.

I have found the paper, but unfortunately, I can't read German. Does anyone know if there is a translation for this paper? If such translation exists, I would love to know where it can be found.



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I would love to help, but until now I could not lay my hands on the German version, nor find any translations :S Here is what I did come up with during my own searches.

It might be a long shot, but Artin proves Wedderburn's theorem in his 1957 book Geometric Algebra. If by chance he used the same approach, then having that English version alongside the German might help.

I also found an article by Artin entitled The influence of J. H. M. Wedderburn on the development of modern algebra in which discusses the theorem at one point and alludes to elements of his own proof.

I found this interesting article on the history of the theorem, including some sketches of what Artin's approach was. It doesn't look like it's been published in a journal, but the contents sound OK.

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    $\begingroup$ I never thought this question would get answered. Thank you very much :) I am going to check out "Geometric Algebra" first. And these are very nice articles. The second one gives a remarkable chronological list near the end! Which gives me opportunity to look for and read new proofs of this theorem. (Currently, Meixner's proof (1989) sounds cool!) $\endgroup$
    – Prism
    Jul 26, 2013 at 20:25

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