Quadratic Forms and the Orthogonal Group

  • O. Timothy O’Meara
Part of the Classics in Mathematics book series (volume 117)


We leave the arithmetic theory of fields in order to develop a different subject, the abstract theory of quadratic forms. In the latter half of the book we shall combine these two subjects into the arithmetic theory of quadratic forms. Our immediate purpose is to introduce a quadratic form and an orthogonal geometry on an arbitrary finite dimensional vector space and to study certain groups of linear transformations that leave the quadratic form invariant. We must make the assumption from now on that the field of scalars F does not have characteristic 2. As we indicated, our vector spaces are assumed to be finite dimensional.


Quadratic Form Abstract Theory Orthogonal Group Hyperbolic Plane Symmetric Bilinear Form 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Timothy O’Meara
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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