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Indeed; in case it’s not clear from my comment, the above poster is right. I’m talking about abstract algebra, I.e. the study of algebraic structures, not about elementary algebra.

In French, the situation is even worse: number theory is also called “arithmetic”. According to legend, sometimes innumerate peasants wanting to learn how to do basic sums would pick up a book called “arithmetic” in a bookstore that turned out to be a dense theoretical monograph on number theory.




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