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## "On the history of the algebraic theory of quadratic forms", Winfried Scharlau, 2000

*Reviewed September 13, 2023*

*Citation:* Scharlau, Winfried. "On the history of the algebraic theory of quadratic forms." Contemporary Mathematics 272 (2000): 229-260.

*Web:* https://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/~v1ranick/books/dublin.pdf

*Tags:* Abelian-anyons, Mathematical, Pedagogical, Expository

This paper gives a lovely look into the history of quadratic forms.
It is well written, and so this serves as a nice place to learn
what the theory of quadratic forms is all about.

Another relevant paper about quadratic forms to keep in mind is

> Miranda, Rick. "Nondegenerate symmetric bilinear forms on finite abelian 2-groups." Transactions of the American Mathematical Society 284.2 (1984): 535-542.

though I see no reason to read it now.