By Richard D. Schafer

Concise examine offers in a brief area the various very important principles and ends up in the idea of nonassociative algebras, with specific emphasis on substitute and (commutative) Jordan algebras. Written as an advent for graduate scholars and different mathematicians assembly the topic for the 1st time. "An vital addition to the mathematical literature"—Bulletin of the yank Mathematical Society.

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We use the Lemma to prove that any finite-dimensional powerassociative division algebra D over a field F has a unity element 1. For D+ is a (finite-dimensional) commutative power-associative algebra without nilpotent elements = 0, so D+ contains a principal idempotent e (as in IV, D+ contains an idempotent e; if e is not principal, 48 POWER-ASSOCIATIVE ALGEBRAS + there is an idempotent u ∈ D+ 0 = D0,e , e = e + u is idempotent, + dim D+ 1,e < dim D1,e , and the increasing dimensions must terminate).

Hence [t (xH) − t(x)] (xH) + [n(x) − n (xH)] 1 = 0. If x ∈ / F 1, then xH ∈ / F 1 and n(x) = n (xH). On the other hand n(α1) = α2 = n (α1 ), and we have (35) for all x in C. For the converse we need to establish the fact that, if B is a proper subalgebra of a Cayley algebra C, if B contains the unity element 1 of C, and if (relative to the nondegenerate symmetric bilinear form 26 ALTERNATIVE ALGEBRAS (x, y) defined on C by (32)) B is a non-isotropic subspace of C (that is, B ∩ B⊥ = 0), then there is a subalgebra A = B + vB (constructed as above).

If A is power-associative, then (as in the Introduction) powers in A and A+ coincide, and it follows that A+ is a commutative power-associative algebra. Let A be power-associative. Then (2) implies (3) x2 x = xx2 for all x in A (4) x2 x2 = x(xx2 ) for all x in A. and In terms of associators, we have (3 ) and (4 ) (x, x, x) = 0 for all x in A (x, x, x2 ) = 0 for all x in A. 42 POWER-ASSOCIATIVE ALGEBRAS 43 Also (3) may be written in terms of a commutator as (3 ) [x2 , x] = 0 for all x in A. Using the linearization process employed in IV, we obtain from (3 ), by way of the intermediate identity (3 ) 2[x · y, x] + [x2 , y] = 0 for all x, y in A, the multilinear identity (3m) [x · y, z] + [y · z, x] + [z · x, y] = 0 for all x, y, z in A.