In mathematics, the natural numbers are those used for counting and ordering. In common mathematical terminology, words colloquially used for counting are "cardinal numbers" and words connected to ordering represent "ordinal numbers"; the natural numbers can, at times, appear as a convenient set of codes. Some definitions, including the standard ISO 80000-2, begin the natural numbers with 0, corresponding to the non-negative integers 0, 1, 2, 3, …, whereas others start with 1, corresponding to the positive integers 1, 2, 3, …. Texts that exclude zero from the natural numbers sometimes refer to the natural numbers together with zero as the whole numbers, but in other writings, that term is used instead for the integers; the natural numbers are a basis from which many other number sets may be built by extension: the integers, by including the neutral element 0 and an additive inverse for each nonzero natural number n. These chains of extensions make the natural numbers canonically embedded in the other number systems.
Properties of the natural numbers, such as divisibility and the distribution of prime numbers, are studied in number theory. Problems concerning counting and ordering, such as partitioning and enumerations, are studied in combinatorics. In common language, for example in primary school, natural numbers may be called counting numbers both to intuitively exclude the negative integers and zero, to contrast the discreteness of counting to the continuity of measurement, established by the real numbers; the most primitive method of representing a natural number is to put down a mark for each object. A set of objects could be tested for equality, excess or shortage, by striking out a mark and removing an object from the set; the first major advance in abstraction was the use of numerals to represent numbers. This allowed systems to be developed for recording large numbers; the ancient Egyptians developed a powerful system of numerals with distinct hieroglyphs for 1, 10, all the powers of 10 up to over 1 million.
A stone carving from Karnak, dating from around 1500 BC and now at the Louvre in Paris, depicts 276 as 2 hundreds, 7 tens, 6 ones. The Babylonians had a place-value system based on the numerals for 1 and 10, using base sixty, so that the symbol for sixty was the same as the symbol for one, its value being determined from context. A much advance was the development of the idea that 0 can be considered as a number, with its own numeral; the use of a 0 digit in place-value notation dates back as early as 700 BC by the Babylonians, but they omitted such a digit when it would have been the last symbol in the number. The Olmec and Maya civilizations used 0 as a separate number as early as the 1st century BC, but this usage did not spread beyond Mesoamerica; the use of a numeral 0 in modern times originated with the Indian mathematician Brahmagupta in 628. However, 0 had been used as a number in the medieval computus, beginning with Dionysius Exiguus in 525, without being denoted by a numeral; the first systematic study of numbers as abstractions is credited to the Greek philosophers Pythagoras and Archimedes.
Some Greek mathematicians treated the number 1 differently than larger numbers, sometimes not as a number at all. Independent studies occurred at around the same time in India and Mesoamerica. In 19th century Europe, there was mathematical and philosophical discussion about the exact nature of the natural numbers. A school of Naturalism stated that the natural numbers were a direct consequence of the human psyche. Henri Poincaré was one of its advocates, as was Leopold Kronecker who summarized "God made the integers, all else is the work of man". In opposition to the Naturalists, the constructivists saw a need to improve the logical rigor in the foundations of mathematics. In the 1860s, Hermann Grassmann suggested a recursive definition for natural numbers thus stating they were not natural but a consequence of definitions. Two classes of such formal definitions were constructed. Set-theoretical definitions of natural numbers were initiated by Frege and he defined a natural number as the class of all sets that are in one-to-one correspondence with a particular set, but this definition turned out to lead to paradoxes including Russell's paradox.
Therefore, this formalism was modified so that a natural number is defined as a particular set, any set that can be put into one-to-one correspondence with that set is said to have that number of elements. The second class of definitions was introduced by Charles Sanders Peirce, refined by Richard Dedekind, further explored by Giuseppe Peano, it is based on an axiomatization of the properties of ordinal numbers: each natural number has a
In mathematics, a group is a set equipped with a binary operation which combines any two elements to form a third element in such a way that four conditions called group axioms are satisfied, namely closure, associativity and invertibility. One of the most familiar examples of a group is the set of integers together with the addition operation, but groups are encountered in numerous areas within and outside mathematics, help focusing on essential structural aspects, by detaching them from the concrete nature of the subject of the study. Groups share a fundamental kinship with the notion of symmetry. For example, a symmetry group encodes symmetry features of a geometrical object: the group consists of the set of transformations that leave the object unchanged and the operation of combining two such transformations by performing one after the other. Lie groups are the symmetry groups used in the Standard Model of particle physics; the concept of a group arose from the study of polynomial equations, starting with Évariste Galois in the 1830s.
After contributions from other fields such as number theory and geometry, the group notion was generalized and established around 1870. Modern group theory—an active mathematical discipline—studies groups in their own right. To explore groups, mathematicians have devised various notions to break groups into smaller, better-understandable pieces, such as subgroups, quotient groups and simple groups. In addition to their abstract properties, group theorists study the different ways in which a group can be expressed concretely, both from a point of view of representation theory and of computational group theory. A theory has been developed for finite groups, which culminated with the classification of finite simple groups, completed in 2004. Since the mid-1980s, geometric group theory, which studies finitely generated groups as geometric objects, has become an active area in group theory; the modern concept of an abstract group developed out of several fields of mathematics. The original motivation for group theory was the quest for solutions of polynomial equations of degree higher than 4.
The 19th-century French mathematician Évariste Galois, extending prior work of Paolo Ruffini and Joseph-Louis Lagrange, gave a criterion for the solvability of a particular polynomial equation in terms of the symmetry group of its roots. The elements of such a Galois group correspond to certain permutations of the roots. At first, Galois' ideas were rejected by his contemporaries, published only posthumously. More general permutation groups were investigated in particular by Augustin Louis Cauchy. Arthur Cayley's On the theory of groups, as depending on the symbolic equation θn = 1 gives the first abstract definition of a finite group. Geometry was a second field in which groups were used systematically symmetry groups as part of Felix Klein's 1872 Erlangen program. After novel geometries such as hyperbolic and projective geometry had emerged, Klein used group theory to organize them in a more coherent way. Further advancing these ideas, Sophus Lie founded the study of Lie groups in 1884; the third field contributing to group theory was number theory.
Certain abelian group structures had been used implicitly in Carl Friedrich Gauss' number-theoretical work Disquisitiones Arithmeticae, more explicitly by Leopold Kronecker. In 1847, Ernst Kummer made early attempts to prove Fermat's Last Theorem by developing groups describing factorization into prime numbers; the convergence of these various sources into a uniform theory of groups started with Camille Jordan's Traité des substitutions et des équations algébriques. Walther von Dyck introduced the idea of specifying a group by means of generators and relations, was the first to give an axiomatic definition of an "abstract group", in the terminology of the time; as of the 20th century, groups gained wide recognition by the pioneering work of Ferdinand Georg Frobenius and William Burnside, who worked on representation theory of finite groups, Richard Brauer's modular representation theory and Issai Schur's papers. The theory of Lie groups, more locally compact groups was studied by Hermann Weyl, Élie Cartan and many others.
Its algebraic counterpart, the theory of algebraic groups, was first shaped by Claude Chevalley and by the work of Armand Borel and Jacques Tits. The University of Chicago's 1960–61 Group Theory Year brought together group theorists such as Daniel Gorenstein, John G. Thompson and Walter Feit, laying the foundation of a collaboration that, with input from numerous other mathematicians, led to the classification of finite simple groups, with the final step taken by Aschbacher and Smith in 2004; this project exceeded previous mathematical endeavours by its sheer size, in both length of proof and number of researchers. Research is ongoing to simplify the proof of this classification; these days, group theory is still a active mathematical branch, impacting many other fields. One of the most familiar groups is the set of integers Z which consists of the numbers... − 4, − 3, − − 1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4... together with addition. The following properties of integer addition serve as a model for the group axioms given in the definition below.
For any two integers a and b, the sum a + b is an integer. That is, addition of integers always yields an integer; this property is known as closure under addition. For all integers a, b and c, + c = a +. Expressed in words
In mathematics, a ring is one of the fundamental algebraic structures used in abstract algebra. It consists of a set equipped with two binary operations that generalize the arithmetic operations of addition and multiplication. Through this generalization, theorems from arithmetic are extended to non-numerical objects such as polynomials, series and functions. A ring is an abelian group with a second binary operation, associative, is distributive over the abelian group operation, has an identity element. By extension from the integers, the abelian group operation is called addition and the second binary operation is called multiplication. Whether a ring is commutative or not has profound implications on its behavior as an abstract object; as a result, commutative ring theory known as commutative algebra, is a key topic in ring theory. Its development has been influenced by problems and ideas occurring in algebraic number theory and algebraic geometry. Examples of commutative rings include the set of integers equipped with the addition and multiplication operations, the set of polynomials equipped with their addition and multiplication, the coordinate ring of an affine algebraic variety, the ring of integers of a number field.
Examples of noncommutative rings include the ring of n × n real square matrices with n ≥ 2, group rings in representation theory, operator algebras in functional analysis, rings of differential operators in the theory of differential operators, the cohomology ring of a topological space in topology. The conceptualization of rings was completed in the 1920s. Key contributors include Dedekind, Hilbert and Noether. Rings were first formalized as a generalization of Dedekind domains that occur in number theory, of polynomial rings and rings of invariants that occur in algebraic geometry and invariant theory. Afterward, they proved to be useful in other branches of mathematics such as geometry and mathematical analysis; the most familiar example of a ring is the set of all integers, Z, consisting of the numbers …, −5, −4, −3, −2, −1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, …The familiar properties for addition and multiplication of integers serve as a model for the axioms for rings. A ring is a set R equipped with two binary operations + and · satisfying the following three sets of axioms, called the ring axioms R is an abelian group under addition, meaning that: + c = a + for all a, b, c in R. a + b = b + a for all a, b in R.
There is an element 0 in R such that a + 0 = a for all a in R. For each a in R there exists −a in R such that a + = 0. R is a monoid under multiplication, meaning that: · c = a · for all a, b, c in R. There is an element 1 in R such that a · 1 = a and 1 · a = a for all a in R. Multiplication is distributive with respect to addition, meaning that: a ⋅ = + for all a, b, c in R. · a = + for all a, b, c in R. As explained in § History below, many authors follow an alternative convention in which a ring is not defined to have a multiplicative identity; this article adopts the convention that, unless otherwise stated, a ring is assumed to have such an identity. A structure satisfying all the axioms except the requirement that there exists a multiplicative identity element is called a rng. For example, the set of integers with the usual + and ⋅ is a rng, but not a ring; the operations + and ⋅ are called multiplication, respectively. The multiplication symbol ⋅ is omitted, so the juxtaposition of ring elements is interpreted as multiplication.
For example, xy means x ⋅ y. Although ring addition is commutative, ring multiplication is not required to be commutative: ab need not equal ba. Rings that satisfy commutativity for multiplication are called commutative rings. Books on commutative algebra or algebraic geometry adopt the convention that ring means commutative ring, to simplify terminology. In a ring, multiplication does not have to have an inverse. A commutative ring such; the additive group of a ring is the ring equipped just with the structure of addition. Although the definition assumes that the additive group is abelian, this can be inferred from the other ring axioms; some basic properties of a ring follow from the axioms: The additive identity, the additive inverse of each element, the multiplicative identity are unique. For any element x in a ring R, one has x0 = 0 = 0x and x = –x. If 0 = 1 in a ring R R has only one element, is called the zero ring; the binomial formula holds for any commuting pair of elements. Equip the set Z 4 = with the following operat
Serge Lang was a French-American mathematician and activist who taught at Yale University for most of his career. He is known for his work in number theory and for his mathematics textbooks, including the influential Algebra, he was a member of the Bourbaki group. As an activist, he campaigned against the nomination of the political scientist Samuel P. Huntington to the National Academies of Science, descended into AIDS denialism, claiming that HIV had not been proven to cause AIDS and protesting Yale's research into HIV/AIDS. Lang was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, close to Paris, in 1927, he had a twin brother who became a sister who became an actress. Lang moved with his family to California as a teenager, where he graduated in 1943 from Beverly Hills High School, he subsequently graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1946, received a doctorate from Princeton University in 1951. He held faculty positions at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Yale University. Lang studied under Emil Artin at Princeton University, writing his thesis on quasi-algebraic closure, worked on the geometric analogues of class field theory and diophantine geometry.
He moved into diophantine approximation and transcendental number theory, proving the Schneider–Lang theorem. A break in research while he was involved in trying to meet 1960s student activism halfway caused him difficulties in picking up the threads afterwards, he wrote on modular forms and modular units, the idea of a'distribution' on a profinite group, value distribution theory. He made a number of conjectures in diophantine geometry: Mordell–Lang conjecture, Bombieri–Lang conjecture, Lang–Trotter conjecture, the Lang conjecture on analytically hyperbolic varieties, he introduced the Lang map, the Katz–Lang finiteness theorem, the Lang–Steinberg theorem in algebraic groups. Lang was a prolific writer of mathematical texts completing one on his summer vacation. Most are at the graduate level, he wrote calculus texts and prepared a book on group cohomology for Bourbaki. Lang's Algebra, a graduate-level introduction to abstract algebra, was a influential text that ran through numerous updated editions.
His Steele prize citation stated, "Lang's Algebra changed the way graduate algebra is taught... It has affected all subsequent graduate-level algebra books." It contained ideas of Artin. Lang was noted for his eagerness for contact with students, he was described as a passionate teacher who would throw chalk at students who he believed were not paying attention. One of his colleagues recalled: "He would rave in front of his students, he would say,'Our two aims are truth and clarity, to achieve these I will shout in class.'" He won a Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition from the American Mathematical Society. In 1960, he won the sixth Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra for his paper Unramified class field theory over function fields in several variables. Lang spent much of his professional time engaged in political activism, he was a staunch socialist and active in opposition to the Vietnam War, volunteering for the 1966 anti-war campaign of Robert Scheer. Lang quit his position at Columbia in 1971 in protest over the university's treatment of anti-war protesters.
Lang engaged in several efforts to challenge anyone he believed was spreading misinformation or misusing science or mathematics to further their own goals. He attacked the 1977 Survey of the American Professoriate, an opinion questionnaire that Seymour Martin Lipset and E. C. Ladd had sent to thousands of college professors in the United States, accusing it of containing numerous biased and loaded questions; this led to a public and acrimonious conflict. In 1986, Lang mounted what the New York Times described as a "one-man challenge" against the nomination of political scientist Samuel P. Huntington to the National Academy of Sciences. Lang described Huntington's research, in particular his use of mathematical equations to demonstrate that South Africa was a "satisfied society", as "pseudoscience", arguing that it gave "the illusion of science without any of its substance." Despite support for Huntington from the Academy's social and behavioral scientists, Lang's challenge was successful, Huntington was twice rejected for Academy membership.
Huntington's supporters argued that Lang's opposition was political rather than scientific in nature. Lang kept his political correspondence and related documentation in extensive "files", he would send letters or publish articles, wait for responses, engage the writers in further correspondence, collect all these writings together and point out what he considered contradictions. He mailed these files to people he considered important, his extensive file criticizing Nobel laureate David Baltimore was published in the journal Ethics and Behaviour in January 1993. Lang fought the decision by Yale University to hire Daniel Kevles, a historian of science, because Lang disagreed with Kevles' analysis in The Baltimore Case. Lang's most controversial political stance was as an AIDS denialist.