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### The origin of the root number $w(C/ℚ)=±1$ (the sign of the functional equation)

The motivation for this question is the same as in my previous question in MO: http://mathoverflow.net/questions/115179/real-root-1-of-the-hasse-weil-l-function-of-c-over
I am just curious to know ...

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### A puzzling remark of Manin (ICM 1978)

Manin ends his 1978 ICM talk with this remark:
I would also like to mention I. M. Gel'fand's suggestion that the $\zeta$-functions of certain special differential operators should have an arithmetic ...

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### Why are functional equations important?

People who talk about things like modular forms and zeta functions put a lot of emphasis on the existence and form of functional equations, but I've never seen them used as anything other than a ...