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Submission: 2005, Feb 21
In his book on compositions of quadratic forms, Shapiro asks whether a quadratic form decomposes as a tensor product of quadratic forms when its adjoint involution decomposes as a tensor product of involutions on central simple algebras. We give a positive answer for quadratic forms defined over local or global fields and produce counterexamples over fields of rational fractions in two variables over any formally real field.
2000 Mathematics Subject Classification: 11E81, 11E39
Keywords and Phrases: Trace form, adjoint involution
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