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Originally Posted by Nick
Algebraic Number Theory can legitimately be thought of as both the algebraic branch of number theory and the theory of algebraic numbers.

One time a grad school classmate referred to Analytic Number Theory as "the theory of analytic numbers." Oops.
Of course, the title
Basic Number Theory was somewhat in jest  it
is "basic" in the sense that it covers the basics of Class Field Theory. But it is definitely
not an introductory text.
I don't know whether Weil ever became exasperated with the jokes about the book title, but it is a fact that 12 years later, he came out with another book called
Number Theory for Beginners.
Reminds me, my third grade math class was really
hard! The textbook was
A Course in Arithmetic by JeanPierre Serre...