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1 {scene: the fantasy tavern}
1 Frog Man: [native tongue]
1 [caption]: * Translation: What's an abelian group with an associative, distributive secondary operator and the power to corrupt mortals?
2 Draak: [native tongue]
2 Frog Man: [native tongue]
2 [caption]: I don't know. Pray tell?
2 [caption]: The One Ring!
3 Draak: Ha ha ha ha!
3 Frog Man: Ho ho ho!
3 Alvissa: Hey Draak, what's so funny?
4 Draak: Cold blood joke. You not get it.
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For the nonmathematics geeks amongst you, an abelian group is a particular type of algebraic structure  being a set of objects with a binary operation defined on it such that:
Anyway, if you take an abelian group and define a second binary operation on the elements of the set such that:
This is essentially a fancy way of saying, to give another specific example, "the integers, and addition, and multiplication". Again, there are other examples, but they're not important right now.
So, if you know how to add and multiply integers, next time a mathematician asks you if you know anything about group theory and ring theory, you can say, "Why, yes!"
Oh sod it. Like anyone reading this far hasn't read the books or at least seen the movies by now.
It makes me wonder: will Wikipedia be around in another 10 years? Another 20? Another 50?
Are all my links to it going to be broken one day?!?
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