# Re: Does polynomial interpolation work with N-bit integers?

• From: Tom St Denis <tom@xxxxxxx>
• Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2010 11:14:52 -0800 (PST)

On Feb 5, 1:18 pm, bmearns <mearn...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Please forgive my ignorance; I only studied fields briefly in an error
coding class and that was a few years ago. I never did get a solid
handle on what exactly defines a field or when one is needed.

Any decent algebra or number theory text will define a field for you.
I won't tell you what it is, look up these words instead:

1. group
2. ring
3. field

in that order. [hint: wikipedia probably has them like "mathematics
ring"]

Tom
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