Algebra and Logic Seminar – Joint Zoom-webinar with the Algebra Seminar of the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest
23 November 2020 @ 11:15 - 12:15
I. Anniversary: 150 Years of idempotents.
II. Idempotents of 2 × 2 matrix rings over rings of formal power series.
will be delivered by Vesselin Drensky.
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Meeting ID: 953 4223 4576
Abstract. An element a in a ring A is called an idempotent if a2=a. In 2020 we celebrate an anniversary of the idempotents –150 years of their discovery. The idempotents were introduced in Ring Theory by Benjamin Peirce in 1870. Already 150 years their study is among the main topics in Ring Theory and its applications. The first part of the talk is devoted to the story of the discovery of the idempotents.
The second part of the talk surveys some results on idempotents of matrix rings over commutative unitary rings. We present also a new result from V. Drensky, Idempotents of 2 × 2 matrix rings over rings of formal power series, arXiv:2006.15070v1 [math.RA]
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