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### What is the field with one element?

I've heard of this many times, but I don't know anything about it.
What I do know is that it is supposed to solve the problem of the fact that the final object in the category of schemes is ...

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### ubiquitous quantum cohomology

Manin stressed that every projective scheme should have a quantum-cohomology structure. I'd like to know more about that. And since the varieties considered in texts about monodromy resp. vanishing ...

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### What's the “Yoga of Motives”?

There are some things about geometry that show why a motivic viewpoint is deep and important. A good indication is that Grothendieck and others had to invent some important and new ...

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### Solving “a, b, a+b have given divisors” problem

I've read an interesting article, math.NT/0409456 where you're just trying to solve a simple problem:
For a given (finite) set of primes S find all solutions to an equation ...

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### Kato's log motives

What are they and what are their intended uses? Does anyone have notes/slides of this talk?
I am curious about "log motives" because there seems to exist a "log motivic yoga" among experts in ...

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### Spectrum of the Grothendieck ring of varieties

Here's a problem that may ultimately require just simple algebraic-geometry skills to be solved, or perhaps it's very deep and will never be solved at all. From the comments, some literature and my ...