# Semi-simple algebra

From Encyclopedia of Mathematics

*with respect to a radical *

An algebra which is an -semi-simple ring (see Semi-simple ring). In some classes of algebras and for a suitable choice of the radical , it is possible to describe the structure of a semi-simple algebra (see Classical semi-simple ring; Alternative rings and algebras; Jordan algebra; Lie algebra, semi-simple).

By a semi-simple algebra one frequently understands a finite-dimensional algebra over a field which is a direct sum of simple algebras.

#### Comments

By Wedderburn's theorem (cf. Wedderburn–Artin theorem), an Artinian algebra with Jacobson radical zero is a finite direct sum of simple algebras.

#### References

[a1] | P.M. Cohn, "Algebra" , 2 , Wiley (1989) pp. Chapt. 5 |

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Semi-simple algebra. L.A. Skornyakov (originator),

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