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Topic: "Characteristic of a field" - who first defined this?
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Jonathan J. Crabtree

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"Characteristic of a field" - who first defined this?
Posted: Mar 21, 2014 5:01 PM
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Galois came up with the foundations for finite fields, yet who was it that first explained and defined the expression "characteristic of a field"?

Thank you for any suggestions.

Jonathan Crabtree
P.S. No mention appears in "The mathematical writings of Évariste Galois" by Peter M. Neumann, which has a translation of Galois' breakthrough article of 1830, Sur la théorie des nombres.

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