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This e-book is split into elements. the 1st one is solely algebraic. Its target is the category of quadratic kinds over the sector of rational numbers (Hasse-Minkowski theorem). it's accomplished in bankruptcy IV. the 1st 3 chapters include a few preliminaries: quadratic reciprocity legislation, p-adic fields, Hilbert symbols. bankruptcy V applies the previous effects to quintessential quadratic kinds of discriminant ± I. those kinds ensue in numerous questions: modular capabilities, differential topology, finite teams. the second one half (Chapters VI and VII) makes use of "analytic" equipment (holomor­ phic functions). bankruptcy VI supplies the evidence of the "theorem on mathematics progressions" as a result of Dirichlet; this theorem is used at a serious element within the first half (Chapter ailing, no. 2.2). bankruptcy VII bargains with modular varieties, and particularly, with theta capabilities. many of the quadratic sorts of bankruptcy V reappear the following. the 2 components correspond to lectures given in 1962 and 1964 to moment yr scholars on the Ecole Normale Superieure. A redaction of those lectures within the kind of duplicated notes, was once made by way of J.-J. Sansuc (Chapters I-IV) and J.-P. Ramis and G. Ruget (Chapters VI-VII). They have been very important to me; I expand the following my gratitude to their authors.

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DEFINITION PROPOSITION 1. Let V be a left vector-space of finite dimension over the p-field K. Then every K-norm N on V defines the natural topology on V. In particular, every such norm N is continuous, and the subsets L, of V defined by N(v) ~ r are compact neighborhoods of 0 for all r>O. As to the first assertion, in view of corollary 1 of tho 3, Chap. 1-2, we need only show that the topology defined by N on V makes V into a topological vector-space over K. This follows at once from the inequality N(x'v' -xv)~ sup(modK(x')N(v' -v), modK(x' -x)N(v)) which is an immediate consequence of def.

3, there is a hyperplane W which is N -orthogonal to VI; then, if f = 0 is an equation for W, we have N(V)-I modK(f(v)) ~ N(VI)-I modK(f(vl)) + for all v O. Multiplication of these two inequalities gives N'(V)-I modK(f(v)) ~ N'(VI)-I modK(f(v l )), which means that W is N' -orthogonal to VI. Applying now prop. 2 to N, VI and W, and also to N', VI and W, and applying the induction assumption to the norms induced by Nand N' on W, we get the announced result. One should notice the close analogy between propositions 3 and 4, and their proofs, and the corresponding results and proofs for norms defined by positive-definite quadratic ~orms in vector-spaces over R, or hermitian forms in vector-spaces over C or H.

Finally, M is a K-Iattice if and only if it is compact, and N M is a K-norm if and only if N M(V) > for all v =/= 0, i. e. if and only if M v =/= K for v =/= 0. By prop. 1 of § 1, if N Mis a K-norm, M is compact. Conversely, assume that M is compact, and take v=/=o; then Mv is the subset of K corresponding to (Kv)nM under the isomorphism x -+ x v of K onto K v; therefore M v is compact and cannot be K. This completes our proof. ° COROLLARY 1. An open R-module M in V is a K-lattice if it contains no subspace of if and only V othgr than 0.

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