Quadratic Gauss Sums

  • Kenneth Ireland
  • Michael Rosen
Part of the Graduate Texts in Mathematics book series (GTM, volume 84)


The method by which we proved the quadratic reciprocity in Chapter 5 is ingenious but is not easy to use in more general situations. We shall give a new proof in this chapter that is based on methods that can be used to prove higher reciprocity laws. In particular, we shall introduce the notion of a Gauss sum, which will play an important role in the latter part of this book.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Ireland
    • 1
  • Michael Rosen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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