# Questions tagged [octonions]

For questions on the octonions, a normed division algebra over the real numbers. It is a non-associative higher-dimensional analogue in the hierarchy of real, complex, and quaternionic numbers.

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### Why are properties lost in the Cayley–Dickson construction?

Motivating question: What lies beyond the Sedenions? I'm aware that one can construct a hierarchy of number systems via the Cayley–Dickson process: \mathbb{R} \subset \mathbb{C} \subset \mathbb{H}...
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### What do we lose passing from the reals to the complex numbers?

As normed division algebras, when we go from the complex numbers to the quaternions, we lose commutativity. Moving on to the octonions, we lose associativity. Is there some analogous property that we ...
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### What specific algebraic properties are broken at each Cayley-Dickson stage beyond octonions?

I'm starting to come around to an understanding of hypercomplex numbers, and I'm particularly fascinated by the fact that certain algebraic properties are broken as we move through each of the $2^n$ ...
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### Why is 8 so special?

I have been reading about multi-dimensional numbers, and found out that it's been proven that the Octonions are the composition algebra of the largest dimension. I was wondering why, despite having ...
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### Why do division algebras always have a number of dimensions which is a power of $2$?

Why do number systems always have a number of dimensions which is a power of $2$? Real numbers: $2^0 = 1$ dimension. Complex numbers: $2^1 = 2$ dimensions. Quaternions: $2^2 = 4$ dimensions. ...
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### Can octonions be used to rotate 7-dimensional vectors?

A friend told me that, the same way you can represent a 3-vector as an imaginary quaternion then conjugate it by a unit quaternion with real part $\cos(\frac{\theta}{2})$ to rotate it by $\theta$ ...
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### Math beyond Quaternions

Quaternions remove the commutative property and octonions eliminate the associative property can we go any higher and eliminate more properties?
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### What are some real-world uses of Octonions?

... octonions are the crazy old uncle nobody lets out of the attic: they are nonassociative. Comes from a a quote by John Baez. Clearly, the sucessor to quaterions from the Cayley-Dickson process is ...
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### The order of elements in finite octonions

After great success of this question I would like to continue this thread. Choose any element $x$ in algebra $\mathbb O_q$ of octonions over finite field $\mathbb F_q$. There is following equation ...
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### Higher dimensional cross product

I know that cross products do not exist in 4, 5 or 6 dimensions, but do in 7 dimensions. So I was wondering if this was because cross products can be considered the imaginary part of $2^n - ion$ ...
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### Classification of subalgebras of composition algebras

Let $F$ be an algebraically closed field. It is known that the only composition algebras over $F$ are $F$ itself, the direct sum $F\oplus F$ (also called split-complexes), the algebra of $2\times 2$ ...
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### Polarization identity $2(a,b)(c,d)=(ac,bd)+(ad,bc)$

I am interested in following along this Wikipedia article's derivation of properties of composition algebras (in particular, Euclidean Hurwitz algebras). Let $A$ be a unital, not necessarily ...