Questions related to the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture about the vanishing order and first Taylor coefficient of the L-functions of elliptic curves at the point 1.

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BSD leading-term coefficient in terms of places without distinction

After reading this blog post, I learned the BSD conjectural formula for the coefficient of the leading term $a_0$ of the L-function of an elliptic curve $E$, namely $$ a_0 \stackrel{?}{=} ...
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Is the leading Taylor coefficient at $s = 1$ of the $L$-series of an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Q}$ positive, as predicted by BSD?

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Q}$. As proved by Wiles et al., its $L$-series $L(E, s)$ is entire. Set $r := \mathrm{ord}_{s = 1} L(E, s)$, a value conjecturally equal to ...
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BSD conjecture for X_0(17)

I use Magma to calculate the L-value, yields E:=EllipticCurve([1, -1, 1, -1, 0]); E; Evaluate(LSeries(E),1),RealPeriod(E),Evaluate(LSeries(E),1)/RealPeriod(E); Elliptic Curve defined by y^2 + x*y + ...
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A generalisation of the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture

We know that the grand Riemann hypothesis is a generalisation of the Riemann hypothesis and Generalized Riemann hypothesis. My question is about the existence of a similar generalisation of the Birch ...
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Deducing BSD from Gross-Zagier and Kolyvagin

Does anyone know which papers deduce BSD for elliptic curves $E/\mathbb{Q}$ of rank 0 or 1 from the papers by Gross and Zagier and Kolyvagin? If I understand these theories right, there is still a ...
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Power series expansions of $L$-series

Let $\zeta_K(s)$ be the Dedekind zeta function for a number field $K$. We can understand the first non-vanishing coefficient of its Laurent series via the class number formula. Is anything ...
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Is there a “Basic Number Theory” for elliptic curves?

Tate's thesis showed how to profitably analyze $\zeta$ functions of number fields in terms of adelic points on the multiplicative group. In particular, combining Fourier analysis and topology, Tate ...
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How did Birch and Swinnerton Dyer arrive at their conjecture?

I suspect that they knew that the $L-$function is defined only for $Re(s) \gt 3/2$. Did they attempt to evaluate the $L-$function at $s=1$ by plugging $s=1$ in the infinite product $\prod_p ...
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A non-technical account of the Birch—Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture

I was wondering whether anyone knows of any good non-technical or even popular expositions of the Birch—Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture, for someone with minimal background in elliptic curves. I was ...