Does anybody know who first introduced terms ring and field and when?
I put "mathemtics" "terms" "history" into Google and came up with this intersting site:
According to it, it was Richard Dedekind who introduced both terms in the late 1850s.
Thank you, very handy website
technically, it appears the website mentioned states that eliakim hastings moore introduced the english term "field", as dedekind's term "korper" apparently translates literally as "body" rather than field.
I do not have a german dictionary handy though. Is perhaps "field" another translation of "korper"? interestingly "ring" seems to be both an english and a german word, as used in wagner's famous operas. or is this wrong?
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