Radical Integer

A radical integer is a number obtained by closing the integers under addition, multiplication, subtraction, and root extraction. An example of such a number is RadicalBox[7, 3]+sqrt(-2)-sqrt(3+RadicalBox[{1, +, {sqrt(, 2, )}}, 4]). The radical integers are a subring of the algebraic integers.

There exist cubic algebraic integers which are not radical integers, namely those which can't be expressed in terms of radicals. R. Schroeppel (pers. comm., May 11, 1997) proved that these are the only ones; i.e., if an algebraic integer can be expressed in terms of radicals, then it can be done so without using division.

See also

Algebraic Integer, Algebraic Number, Euclidean Number

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Schroeppel, R. "radical & algebraic integers." posting, May 11, 1997.

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Weisstein, Eric W. "Radical Integer." From MathWorld--A Wolfram Web Resource.

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