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Algebraic And Simple Extensions

  1. Sep 22, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I'll be delighted to get an answer to the following question:
    Does every algebraic extension of a field is a simple extension?
    2. Relevant equations
    3. The attempt at a solution
    I'm pretty sure that the answer is negative... I was thinking on taking the field of all the algebraic numbers over [tex] Q [/tex] ... this field is obviously an algebraic extension of Q, but how can I prove it isn't simple? (I'm pretty sure that its degree is infinity, but have no idea how to to prove it) ...

    Hope you'll be able to help me

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  3. Sep 22, 2010 #2


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    To prove the degree you can use the tower law. [tex]2^{1/n}[/tex] is obviously in the algebraic numbers for each n, so if A is the set of algebraic numbers

  4. Sep 24, 2010 #3
    Thanks a lot!
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