The Conceptualization of Rings


Rings are sets with two operations, multiplication and addition. It is a basic algebraic structure which is capable of generalizing many mathematical objects. The ring can be represented graphically in polygonal form. Originally, it was used as a generalization of Dedekind domains. Later, it proved useful in geometry. In addition, it was also used to generalize modular arithmetic and integer arithmetic.

A ring has three properties: it is associative, multiplication is commutative and addition is associative. Several key contributions to the conceptualization of rings have been made. They include Richard Dedekind, Georgios Fraenkel, Noether and Hilbert. These authors define rings in more general terms. Nevertheless, most modern authors use the term ring as defined here.

A ring is a commutative, associative and distributive group under the multiplication and addition operations. This makes the operations of a ring compatible. Unlike the operations of fields and matrices, which have multiplicative inverses, the operations of a ring need not have multiplicative inverses. However, the property of commutativity allows us to understand commutative rings better than non-commutative rings.

The ring of functions from X to R has natural pointwise multiplication and differentiable functions. The ring has several interesting subrings. Among these, the ring of functions from X to R contains continuous functions and has pointwise multiplication as a natural operation.

Another example of a ring is a ring of integers. Such rings generalize the properties of the integers. Since the ring of integers can be used for addition, it is a prototypical ring. Moreover, a ring of integers is a commutative ring.

In addition, a ring of functions from X to R can be viewed as an abelian group under addition. Its centralizer is S, which is a subring of the ring R. For a ring of functions from X-R, the morphisms of the R-Z factor through right multiplication are endomorphisms. As a result, a subset of the Z(R) factor is called the ring’s center.

A ring of functions from X to R is also called a skew field. The skew fields are non-commutative, but they have multiplicative inverses. Nonzero commutative rings are also called fields. Fields are fundamental objects in mathematics.

Rings have a wide variety of applications. Some examples are rings of integers, rings of polynomials, rings of complex numbers, rings of rational numbers and quaternions. Besides its applications in mathematics, a ring can also be worn as a symbol of relationships. Men often wear them to symbolize power, influence, and friendship. Others use them as wedding rings. Other people may wear them as a sign of wealth.

The study of rings dates back to the early nineteenth century. The concepts of rings are based on the concepts of algebraic number theory. Although rings have been studied for many years, their conceptualization has been shaped by the work of Hilbert, Noether and Fraenkel. During the late nineteenth century, the concept of a ring was developed further, as rings were first formally conceived as a generalization of the Dedekind domains.