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### Special values of $p$-adic $L$-functions.

This is a very naive question really, and perhaps the answer is well-known. In other words, WARNING: a non-expert writes.
My understanding is that nowadays there are conjectures which essentially ...

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### How do we study Iwasawa theory?

What papers should we read to start? What basic knowledge do we need to understand the question? What is this area really about? And what are people researching on it? Thank you!