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Elliptic Curves over Global Function Fields

I am currently thinking about a problem, and I feel that by knowing more about elliptic curves over extensions of $\mathbb{F}_q(T)$, for $q$ a power of $p$ say, might lead to insight. I am also ...
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Is there a “purely algebraic” proof of the finiteness of the class number?

The background is as follows: I have been whittling away at my commutative algebra notes (or, rather at commutative algebra itself, I suppose) recently for the occasion of a course I will be teaching ...
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Dimension of central simple algebra over a global field “built using class field theory”.

If $F$ is a global field then a standard exact sequence relating the Brauer groups of $F$ and its completions is the following: $$0\to Br(F)\to\oplus_v Br(F_v)\to\mathbf{Q}/\mathbf{Z}\to 0.$$ The ...
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Can algebraic number fields be generalized in a similar way to function fields in 1 variable over a finite field?

Global fields consist of finite extensions of $\mathbb{Q}$ (algebraic number fields) and finite extensions of $\mathbb{F}_q(x)$ (function fields in 1 variable over a finite field). The latter are ...
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Learning Class Field Theory: Local or Global First?

I've noticed that there seem to be two approaches to learning class field theory. The first is to first learn about local fields and local class field theory, and then prove the basic theorems about ...
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Evidence for Q^solv being Pseudo-algebraically-closed

This is a follow-up to the following answer: Solvable class field theory in which it is stated as a "folklore" conjecture that the maximal solvable extension of Q is pseudo algebraically closed ...
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Global fields: What exactly is the analogy between number fields and function fields?

Note: This comes up as a byproduct of Qiaochu's question "What are examples of good toy models in mathematics?" There seems to be a general philosophy that problems over function fields are easier to ...