Computing in Transcendental Extensions

  • A. C. Norman
Part of the Computing Supplementa book series (COMPUTING, volume 4)


Performing the rational Operations in a field extended by a transcendental element is equivalent to performing arithmetic in the field of rational functions over the field. The computational difficulty associated with such extensions is in verifying that proposed extensions are transcendental. When the extensions being considered are functions, and where a differentiation operator can be defined for them, strueture theorems can be used to determine the character of the extension and to exhibit a relationship between the adjoined element and existing quantities in case the adjoined element is not transcendental.


Structure Theorem Transcendental Function Rational Operation Diophantine Approximation Constant Field 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. C. Norman
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  1. 1.Computer LaboratoryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

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