nLab reciprocal algebra


An algebra with a reciprocal that behaves like 1x\frac{1}{x} in the rational and real numbers.


A reciprocal algebra is a possibly non-associative algebra AA, typically over a field kk, which has the property that for non-zero element bb, there exists an element cc, called the reciprocal of bb, such that for every element aa

  • a(cb)=aa (c b) = a
  • (cb)a=a(c b) a = a
  • a(bc)=aa (b c) = a
  • (bc)a=a(b c) a = a



  • There exists a division algebra with identity that does not have two-sided inverses for every nonzero element.

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