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### L-functions and algebraic geometry

Robert Langlands commented in a letter to Deligne that perhaps some of the deepest problems of algebraic geometry lie in L-functions. I want to understand the general philosophy and the connection ...

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### Arithmetic geometry from a bird's-eye view

Is ist true that Arithmetic Geometry can roughly be separated into two areas:
1) Showing that motivic $L$-functions are automorphic.
2) Calculating special values of these $L$-functions.

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### Why are they called L-functions?

I was hoping to see this pop up on the recent big list question about etymology or terms and symbols. Since it has not, and I can't find an answer, I will ask:
What is the reason for the $L$ in ...