# Constructible Numbers

## Homework Statement

Show that the field C of constructible numbers is the smallest subfield of R with the property that $$a\in C, a>0 \Rightarrow \sqrt{a}\in C$$.

## The Attempt at a Solution

Suppose there's a proper subfield of C' of C that has that property, then let $$a\in C-C'$$. Somehow I must show that a is actually in C. Perhaps repeated squaring?

Hurkyl
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Maybe a different tactic would be useful?

Let C' be the smallest subfield with that property. Can you prove C is a subfield of C', and that C has that property?