The ring object is generated by the operator `define_ring`.
This operator has a side effect;
it also changes the *current ring*.
The line

[(x,y) ring_of_differential_operators 0] define_ring /R setwould create the ring of differential operators

store it in the variable

`.Dsymbol (d) def `

The current ring can be obtained by
All polynomial except belongs to a ring.
For a non-zero polynomial `f`,
the line

f (ring) dc /rr setput the associated ring object of

[(x,y) ring_of_differential_operators 0] define_ring /R set (x^2-y) R __ /f setmeans to parse the string

` x^2-y `

in the ring [(x,y) ring_of_polynomials 0] define_ring /R1 set (x-y). /f set [(x,y,z) ring_of_differential_operators 0] define_ring /R2 set (y+Dz). /g set f toString . /f set f g add ::would output .

It is convinient to have a class of numbers that is contained in any ring. The datatype number (universalNumber) is the class of bignum, which is allowed to be added and multiplied to any polynomials with characteristic 0.