Local Rings, Semilocal Rings, and Idempotents

  • T. Y. Lam
Part of the Problem Books in Mathematics book series (PBM)


In commutative algebra, a local ring is defined to be a (nonzero) ring which has a unique maximal ideal. This definition generalizes readily to arbitrary rings: a (nonzero) ring A is said to be local if A has a unique maximal left ideal. This definition turns out to be left-right symmetric, and is equivalent to the condition that A/rad A be a division ring.


Local Ring Direct Summand Division Ring Valuation Ring Stable Range 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Y. Lam
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  1. 1.Department of Mathematics MA-01University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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