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“Elliptic Curves, Heegner Points, and Beyond”

Special Seminar

Come join us Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 12 pm in RM 507, Professor Chao Li (Columbia University) will be giving a special lecture about “Elliptic Curves, Heegner Points, and Beyond”.


An elliptic curve is a plane curve defined by a cubic equation. Determining whether such an equation has infinitely many rational solutions has been a central problem in number theory for centuries, which led to the celebrated conjecture of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer. We will start with a history of this problem and then discuss our recent work (with D. Kriz) on certain families of elliptic curves (such as y^2=x^3-d), which in particular proves a conjecture of Goldfeld. Our approach uses Heegner points and their deep connection with L-functions. We will explain these key ingredients and ideas. If time permits, we will also illustrate a framework to go beyond the case of Heegner points and to build a connection with L-functions of more general symplectic motives.

Mathematics Hall, Room 507

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 12 pm

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