I am looking for a source (preferably online) for Weil's original 1952 paper on the explicit formula. I am aware of an english translation available here, but would like to have access to the original also.

Related question: I understand that Lang's Algebraic Number Theory gives a fair exposition of this paper. How accurate is this? Namely, is it good enough to follow Lang's presentation?

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    $\begingroup$ Weil's collected works, volume 2, p. 48-61. Most libraries have it. Otherwise, I shouldn't say that, but this is available (illegally) on the internet. $\endgroup$
    – abx
    Apr 9, 2014 at 5:26
  • $\begingroup$ Just what I was looking for. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Tian An
    Apr 10, 2014 at 2:16
  • $\begingroup$ Nava Balsam translated the paper: math.columbia.edu/~nava $\endgroup$
    – Raju
    Apr 10, 2014 at 23:01
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    $\begingroup$ @TA Wong: I'd add to the reference abx gives one comment, that Weil adds more than a page of retrospective commentary on this paper in the section Commentaire at the end of volume 2. While "most" libraries might not have Weil's collected papers, it's the most natural place to look for this particular one. $\endgroup$ Apr 10, 2014 at 23:38
  • $\begingroup$ @JimHumphreys Only a year later i went back and read the commentary. Thank you for the suggestion! $\endgroup$
    – Tian An
    Mar 25, 2015 at 21:30

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Cite abx: Weil's collected works, volume 2, p. 48-61. Most libraries have it.


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