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Topic: What is the intuitive meaning of "non-Archimedean" for a valued field?
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Re: What is the intuitive meaning of "non-Archimedean" for a valued field?
Posted: May 13, 2013 11:17 PM
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mike3 <> wrote:

> Hi.
> I'm curious about this. The "Archimedean property" for an _ordered_
> field F means that given any positive elements a and b in F, with a <
> b, then there exists a natural number n such that na < b.

Not quite as stated above.

Given 0 < a < b there must be some natural n such that na > b.

But if a is negative, one will have na < b for all naturals n.

The standard ordered field of reals and all of of its subfields have
the property, but fields with infinitesimal elements do not.

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