Surveying Lattice-Ordered Fields

  • R. H. Redfield
Part of the Developments in Mathematics book series (DEVM, volume 7)


The object of what follows is to give a brief overview of the theory of lattice-ordered fields. While I have included no proofs, I have tried to give ample references for anyone interested in seeing the details. Section 1 briefly sketches the history behind the subject and section 2 recalls some basic definitions. The remainder reviews what is presently known: section 3 describes methods of constructing lattice-ordered fields; section 4 concerns the maximal totally ordered subfield; section 5 considers lattice-ordered fields as vector lattices; section 6 describes representations of lattice-ordered fields by means of power series fields; section 7 discusses the number of different compatible lattice orderings; section 8 deals with extensions to total orders; section 9 investigates the lattice-ordering of simple algebraic extensions of totally ordered fields; and section 10 lists some open questions. Of course not all results are mentioned below. I have chosen those that seem to me to be the most fundamental and the most interesting.

I have cited specific results in one of two ways: if an author has given the n th result in the m th section the number m.n, then I have used that number; otherwise, I have used the number of the page on which the result occurs.


Vector Lattice Total Order Convex Subgroup Positive Multiplicative Inverse Supporting Collection 
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  • R. H. Redfield
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsHamilton CollegeClintonUSA

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