KTGU Mathematics Basic Lecture "Introduction to the Theory of Elliptic Curves"

Date: 
2016/01/14 Thu 16:00 - 18:00
2016/01/18 Mon 16:00 - 18:00
2016/01/21 Thu 16:00 - 18:00
2016/01/25 Mon 16:00 - 18:00
2016/01/28 Thu 16:00 - 18:00
Room: 
Room 108, Building No.3
Speaker: 
Kenji Matsuki
Affiliation: 
Purdue University
Abstract: 

Introduce the students to the basic theory of elliptic curves with emphasis on the arithmetic properties, assuming the minimum amount of prerequisites. The subject of elliptic curves sits at the intersection of analysis, topology and number theory, i.e., almost all the areas of mathematics. As such, it has been the center of intensive studies classically and recently, ranging from the old problem of the congruent numbers, of computing the elliptic integral, to the proof of the Fermat's Last Theorem, to name a few. We give a series of five lectures, aimed at the undergraduate students, which introduces them to this fascinating subject at an elementary level with little background material required.
Introduce the students to the basic theory of elliptic curves with emphasis on the arithmetic properties, assuming the minimum amount of prerequisites. The subject of elliptic curves sits at the intersection of analysis, topology and number theory, i.e., almost all the areas of mathematics. As such, it has been the center of intensive studies classically and recently, ranging from the old problem of the congruent numbers, of computing the elliptic integral, to the proof of the Fermat's Last Theorem, to name a few. We give a series of five lectures, aimed at the undergraduate students, which introduces them to this fascinating subject at an elementary level with little background material required.

Lecture 1 (2 hours): Introduction
Lecture 2 (2 hours): Mordell-Weil theorem
Lecture 3 (2 hours): Elliptic curves over C (the analytic theory)
Lecture 4 (2 hours): The j-invariant
Lecture 5 (2 hours): Weil conjecture for elliptic curves

It would be desirable if the student has the basic knowledge of complex analysis of one variable and the basic knowledge of algebra (groups and fields). What is required for this series of lectures as prerequisites is tried to be kept at the low level, even though the student is expected to fill in the gaps of his/her knowledge needed to understand the lectures by reading the textbooks and/or by coming to the office hours. The goal of this series of lectures is to expose the students to the basic theory of elliptic curves with the minimum amount of background knowledge at an early stage of his/her learning of mathematics.

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