Topics in Galois Theory

2nd Edition

Jean-Pierre Serre

A K Peters/CRC Press
Published November 2, 2007
Reference - 120 Pages
ISBN 9781568814124 - CAT# K00530
Series: Research Notes in Mathematics

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Summary

This book is based on a course given by the author at Harvard University in the fall semester of 1988. The course focused on the inverse problem of Galois Theory: the construction of field extensions having a given finite group as Galois group. In the first part of the book, classical methods and results, such as the Scholz and Reichardt construction for p-groups, p != 2, as well as Hilbert's irreducibility theorem and the large sieve inequality, are presented. The second half is devoted to rationality and rigidity criteria and their application in realizing certain groups as Galois groups of regular extensions of Q(T). While proofs are not carried out in full detail, the book contains a number of examples, exercises, and open problems.

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