**51**

votes

**3**answers

5k views

### 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 ...

**17**

votes

**2**answers

901 views

### What is the smallest positive integer for which the congruent number problem is unsolved?

The congruent number problem is the problem of figuring out whether a given positive integer $N$ is the area of a right-angled triangle with all side lengths rational. According to Dickson's "History ...

**15**

votes

**6**answers

3k views

### 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 ...

**10**

votes

**3**answers

920 views

### 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 ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

654 views

### 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 + ...

**7**

votes

**4**answers

840 views

### Clarification on the weak BSD conjecture

It is usually told that Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer developped their famous conjecture after studying the growth of the function
$$
f_E(x) = \prod_{p \le x}\frac{|E(\mathbb{F}_p)|}{p}
$$
as $x$ tends to ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

219 views

### 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 $\mathrm{dim}_{\...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

3k views

### 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 (\frac{1}...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

526 views

### 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 known/...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

380 views

### BSD and generalisation of Gross-Zagier formula

The classical Gross-Zagier formula and the modularity theorem leads to a proof of half-BSD (i.e. an inequality and not equality) for elliptic curves of analytic rank 0.
The Gross-Zagier formula gives ...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

225 views

### 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{?}{=} \frac{\...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

166 views

### integral basis for the Lie algebra of the Neron model of an abelian variety

Let $A$ be an abelian variety over a number field $K$. Let $\mathcal{A}$ be the Neron model of $A$ over $O_K$. Let $\Omega_{\mathcal{A}/O_K}$ be the sheaf of invariant differential forms on $\mathcal{...

**1**

vote

**3**answers

761 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

176 views

### The Birch-Swinerton-Dyer conjecture for rank 1 [closed]

I'm reading the kolinvagin's work about the Birch Swinnerton-Dyer of elliptic curves woose rational points have rank one. I want to ask about the prerequisites to understand the Kolinvagin's work on ...