Where is the terminology "monodromy" used for the first time in history? We will discuss historical roots of this topic in the 19-th century and compare these
with work on monodromy in the 20-th century. Then we will see how the use of a differential equation enables us to compute a class number
(a beautiful proof by Igusa, later generalized in various disguises). We will see how Honda-Tate theory (the topic of our Friday graduate seminar)
gives a computation of a monodromy group (as shown by Ribet). And I will conclude by describing joint work with Ching-Li Chai,where we compute
l-adic and p-adic monodromy on certain subvarieties of the moduli space of abelian varieties (which connects with my Eilenberg lectures on Fridays).
October 8th, Wednesday, 5:00-6:00 pm
Tea will be served at 4:30pm