# Ring of Polynomials over Reals is not Field

## Theorem

Let $\R \sqbrk X$ be the ring of polynomials in an indeterminate $X$ over $\R$.

Then $\R \sqbrk X$ is not a field.

## Proof

Consider the polynomial $x + 1$ in $\R \sqbrk X$.

There exists no polynomial $\map f x$ such that:

$\paren {x + 1} \map f x = 1$

This is because the left hand side has degree $1$, and the right hand side has degree $0$.

$\blacksquare$