Finite Fields and Polynomials

  • Rudolf Lidl
  • Günter Pilz
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)


Finite fields give rise to particularly useful and, in our view, beautiful examples of the applicability of algebra. Such applications arise both within mathematics and in other areas; for example, in communication theory, in computing, and in statistics. In this chapter we present the basic properties of finite fields, with special emphasis on polynomials over these fields. The simplest finite field is the field 𝔽2 consisting of 0 and 1, with binary addition and imultiplication as operations. Many of the results for 𝔽2 can be extended to more general finite fields.


Finite Field Commutative Ring Integral Domain Minimal Polynomial Primitive Element 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolf Lidl
    • 1
  • Günter Pilz
    • 2
  1. 1.DVC OfficeUniversity of TasmaniaLauncestonAustria
  2. 2.Institut für MathematikUniversität LinzLinzAustria

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