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Shahed Sharif : Who wants to be a millionaire?

The Mordell-Weil theorem shows that the rational points on an elliptic curve defined over the field of rational numbers is a finitely generated abelian group. The Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture relates the rank of this group to a number of analytic and algebraic invariants of the curve. (More generally it considers an elliptic curve defined over a number field.) The conjecture is one of the Millennium Prize problems and the Clay Institute is offering a reward of 1 million dollars for a solution. This talk will be an introduction to the conjecture. In following weeks we will have lectures explaining each of the terms in the formula.

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