By T. Y. Lam

This new edition of the author's prizewinning ebook, Algebraic idea of Quadratic kinds (W. A. Benjamin, Inc., 1973), offers a sleek and self-contained advent to the idea of quadratic kinds over fields of attribute diverse from . beginning with few must haves past linear algebra, the writer charts a professional path from Witt's classical concept of quadratic kinds, quaternion and Clifford algebras, Artin-Schreier concept of officially genuine fields, and structural theorems on Witt jewelry, to the idea of Pfister varieties, functionality fields, and box invariants. those major advancements are seamlessly interwoven with tours into Brauer-Wall teams, neighborhood and international fields, hint varieties, Galois concept, and basic algebraic K-theory, to create a uniquely unique remedy of quadratic shape thought over fields. new chapters totaling greater than a hundred pages were further to the sooner incarnation of this ebook take into consideration a few of the more recent effects and more moderen viewpoints within the quarter.

As is attribute of this author's expository sort, the presentation of the most fabric during this ebook is interspersed with a copious variety of conscientiously selected examples to demonstrate the final thought. this option, including a wealthy inventory of a few 280 routines for the 13 chapters, tremendously complements the pedagogical price of this publication, either as a graduate textual content and as a reference paintings for researchers in algebra, quantity conception, algebraic geometry, algebraic topology, and geometric topology.

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