Hello everyone,

I have never heard of a polynomial time running algorithm that finds the generators of elliptic curves efficiently. I do know that Nagell-Lutz theorem is useful in computing the torsion part in $$E(\mathbb{Q})=\mathbb{Z}^{\phi} \oplus E_{\rm{Torsion }}(Q).$$ So what about the count of $\phi$ and the effective generation of points.

I do know 2-descent , that doesn't not work perfectly always. Regarding the 3-descent , only some curves having CM are said to pass through it. But are there any latest advancements in the area of computing the generators of the curve, if so please give some references.

I also read the rank conjecture, for expressing the rank of the underlying abelian group $E(\mathbb{Q})$ in terms of the order of vanishing of the taylor expansion of associated $L$-function. So I again got stuck.

Why do one go for a rank, if one has a point that has infinite order ? .

Rank 1-curves usually mean that they have a point of infinite order on them that can be used to generate all other points by successive chord and tangent methods.

Rank 2- Curves have 2 such points of infinite order that can be used to generate all other points.

So my question is why should one bother about $n$ points ( of infinite order ) if we have one point of infinite order. To express an analogous statement, suppose think that you are given a secret map that will lead you to some treasure. After the hard journey, you at-last said " Eureka" and you have found a " Machine X" . Its written on the Machine X, that it will produce dollar notes, as many as you want. So its limit is infinity. You can extract infinite number of dollar notes from the machine. You took that machine and packed it and again saw the secret-map. There are in fact some other markings on the map that will lead you to a place that contains the same Machine X.

Do you again go to those places searching for another Machine-X if you have a Machine-X that will produce infinite amount of money. I think the analogy is clear. So if we already have a point that produces infinite points why to again bother about other points that give rise to infinite points.

So if I am right, does the task of finding $\phi$ number of generators reduce to the task of finding one generator ? . That will make the above equation look like this $$E(\mathbb{Q})=\mathbb{Z} \oplus E_{\rm{Torsion }}(Q).$$

( Which is nothing but the Rank-1 situation ).

Thank you.