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An embedding of a number field $K$ is a field homomorphism $K\to \C$. A number field of degree $n$ has $n$ distinct embeddings, which may be distinguished as real or complex depending on whether the image of the embedding is contained in $\R$ or not.

Complex embeddings necessarily come in conjugate pairs. The signature of a number field is determined by the number of real embeddings and the number of pairs of conjugate complex embeddings.

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• Last edited by Andrew Sutherland on 2018-09-29 16:59:03
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