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Smallest number field containing pi

  1. May 7, 2008 #1
    1) Let F be the smallest number field containing pi. Prove that F is countable.

    The first trouble I am facing is: What actually is the smallest number field containing pi? How can we know its cardnality?

    Could someone please help me? Thanks!
     
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  3. May 7, 2008 #2

    Dick

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    First show the field must be infinite. Then the smallest it can be is countable. To show it's countable try to construct it.
     
  4. May 7, 2008 #3
    But what is the field?

    e.g. the smallest number field is the set of rational numbers

    What is the smallest number field containing pi? How can we find the cardnality without knowing what it is?
     
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  5. May 7, 2008 #4

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    I told you. YOU have to construct it. You can't look it up in a table of fields. It has to contain Q and it has to contain pi. What else does it have to contain give that it contains Q and pi?
     
  6. May 7, 2008 #5
    Is it a+b*pi, a,b E Q?
     
  7. May 7, 2008 #6

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    That's a good start. Now you can add and subtract. But you have to be able to multiply in the field as well. So it had better contain pi^2, right? Better keep expanding the field.
     
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