By Jürgen Neukirch (auth.)

"The current booklet has as its goal to solve a discrepancy within the textbook literature and ... to supply a accomplished creation to algebraic quantity conception that is mostly in response to the trendy, unifying belief of (one-dimensional) mathematics algebraic geometry. ... regardless of this exacting application, the e-book is still an advent to algebraic quantity conception for the beginner... the writer discusses the classical options from the perspective of Arakelov theory.... The therapy of sophistication box concept is ... relatively wealthy in illustrating enhances, tricks for additional research, and urban examples.... The concluding bankruptcy VII on zeta-functions and L-series is one other awesome good thing about the current textbook.... The publication is, with none doubt, the main updated, systematic, and theoretically complete textbook on algebraic quantity box conception available." W. Kleinert in Z.blatt f. Math., 1992 "The author's enthusiasm for this subject isn't as obtrusive for the reader as during this ebook. - a superb booklet, a stunning book." F. Lorenz in Jber. DMV 1995 "The current paintings is written in a truly cautious and masterly model. It doesn't convey the rigors that it should have brought on even knowledgeable like Neukirch. It definitely is susceptible to develop into a vintage; the extra in order contemporary advancements were taken under consideration with a view to now not be superseded speedy. not just needs to or not it's lacking from the library of no quantity theorist, however it can easily be advised to each mathematician who desires to get an idea of recent arithmetic." J. Schoissengeier in Montatshefte Mathematik 1994

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We define the product of a and b by ab = { Jai bi l ai E a, bi E b } . i With respect to this multiplication the ideals of o will grant us what the elements alone may refuse to provide: the unique prime factorization. 3) Theorem. p, into nonzero prime ideals pi of o which is unique up to the order of the factors. This theorem is of course perfectly in line with the invention of "ideal numbers". Still, the fact that it holds is remarkable because its proof is far from straightforward, and unveils a deeper principle governing the arithmetic in o.

Show that (p) = p o is a prime ideal of o if and only if the congruence x2 =- d mod p has no solution. Exercise 4. A Dedekind domain with a finite number of prime ideals is a principal ideal domain. -°' Hint: If a = pi' ... p,' :A 0 is an ideal, then choose elements n; E p; gyp? and apply the Chinese remainder theorem for the cosets n; mod p;'". t'.. Exercise 5. The quotient ring o/a of a Dedekind domain by an ideal a 0 is a principal ideal domain. Hint: For a = p" the only proper ideals of o/a are given by p/p" Choose rr E p p"-1/p" p2 and show that p" = orr" + p".

The lattice is called complete or a Z structure of V, if m = n. The completeness of the lattice is obviously tantamount to the fact that the set of all translates (P + y, y E I", of the fundamental mesh covers the entire space V. The above definition makes use of a choice of linearly independent vectors. But we will need a characterization of lattices which is independent of such a choice. Note that, first of all, a lattice is a finitely generated subgroup of V. But not every finitely generated subgroup is a lattice - for instance Z + Z- C R is not.