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Mystery of the Monstrous Moonshine

There's a very famous group, the largest sporadic simple finite group, sometimes called a monster whose size is quoted below. What's the explanation that the primes appearing in it, ...
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The large sieve for primes

Let $\Lambda(n)$ be the von Mangoldt function, i.e., $\Lambda(n) = \log p$ for $n$ a prime power $p^k$ and $\Lambda(n) = 0$ for all $n$ that not prime powers. Let $$S(\alpha) = \sum_{n \leq N} \...
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What are the higher $\mathrm{Ext}^i(A,\mathbf{G}_m)$'s, where $A$ is an abelian scheme?

Let $S$ be a base scheme, let $A/S$ be an abelian scheme, and let $\mathbf{G}_m/S$ be the multiplicative group; consider $A$ and $\mathbf{G}_m$ as objects in the abelian category of sheaves of abelian ...
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Splitting Pythagorean triples

Can one partition the set of positive integers into finitely many Pythagorean-triple-free subsets? If so, what is the smallest number of such subsets? Taking a wild guess, I would be least surprised ...
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“Fermat's last theorem” and anabelian geometry?

Do I remember a remark in "Sketch of a program" or "Letter to Faltings" correctly, that acc. to Grothendieck anabelian geometry should not only enable finiteness proofs, but a proof of FLT too? If yes,...
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Applications and Natural Occurrences of Prime Numbers

I'm fascinated by prime numbers, and over the years, I've found multiple applications and natural occurrences for them. But can anyone suggest some alternatives that aren't in my list? Applications ...
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Does Ribet's level lowering theorem hold for prime powers?

I often use the following theorem (that one can state more generally) in my research. Let E/Q be an elliptic curve of conductor N corresponding to a modular form f(E), l a prime of good or ...
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What is the Hilbert class field of a cyclotomic field?

In the answers to Qiaochu's post on defining representations of finite groups over the algebraic integers, it came out that which fields a representation of a finite group is defined over might depend ...
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Cycle Length of the Positive Powers of Two Mod Powers of Ten [closed]

I want to prove that the positive powers of two, mod 10m, cycle with period 4*5m-1. It's simple to prove that the powers of FIVE cycle with this period (2 is a primitive root mod powers of five), but ...
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Is there a high-concept explanation for why characteristic 2 is special?

The structure of the multiplicative groups of $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ or of $\mathbb{Z}_p$ is the same for odd primes, but not for $2.$ Quadratic reciprocity has a uniform statement for odd primes, ...
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Why the search for ever larger primes?

I understand why primes are useful numbers and also why the product of large primes are useful such as for application in public key cryptography, but I am wondering why it is useful to continue the ...
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What is inter-universal geometry?

I wonder what Mochizuki's inter-universal geometry and his generalisation of anabelian geometry is, e.g. why the ABC-conjecture involves nested inclusions of sets as hinted in the slides, or why such ...
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Arithmetic progressions without small primes

The following question came up in the discussion at How small can a group with an n-dimensional irreducible complex representation be? : Is it known that there are infinitely many primes p for which ...
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cohomology of moduli spaces

Does anyone know if there's any reference on the $\ell$-adic cohomology of some simple moduli spaces/Shimura varieties, like Siegel moduli varieties $A_{g,N}$ of genus $g$ and level $N,$ for small $g$ ...
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Exhibit an explicit bijection between irreducible polynomials over finite fields and Lyndon words.

Let $q$ be a power of a prime. It's well-known that the function $B(n, q) = \frac{1}{n} \sum_{d | n} \mu \left( \frac{n}{d} \right) q^d$ counts both the number of irreducible polynomials of degree $n$...
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roots of analytic functions

Let $z$ be a complex variable and $f(z)$ be a formal power series with rational coefficients (an element in $\mathbb Q[[z]]$), with a finite radius of convergence, and assume $f(z)$ has a meromorphic ...
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An “existence contra partition of unity” statement for integer matrices?

While reading a blog post on partitions of unity at the Secret Blogging Seminar the following question came into my mind. Let $n$ be a positive integer and let $B_1$ and $B_2$ be $n \times n$ ...
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Reference for the `standard' Tate curve argument.

I'd like a reference (e.g. something published somewhere that I can cite in a paper) for the proof of the following: Let $E$ be an elliptic curve over $\mathbb Q$ with minimal discriminant $\Delta$...
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Logarithmic structures on moduli of elliptic curves over Z

I've heard it stated that if you take the moduli of elliptic curves with some level structure imposed (as a moduli scheme over Spec(Z)), there is a logarithmic structure that you can impose at the ...
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Galois Groups vs. Fundamental Groups

In a recent blog post Terry Tao mentions in passing that: "Class groups...are arithmetic analogues of the (abelianised) fundamental groups in topology, with Galois groups serving as the analogue of ...
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What is interesting/useful about big Witt Vectors?

$p$-typical Witt vectors are (among other things) a canonical way of associating to a perfect ring $A$ of characteristic $p$ a complete DVR of characteristic $0$ with residue ring $A$ generalizing $\...
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Sums of cubes and more

It's well-known that every natural number can be written as a sum of 4 squares of integers. Has there been any recent progress about the similar problem for the cubes, 4-th powers and so on? I ...
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Generalized Teichmuller representatives

Fix a prime $p$. The Teichmuller representative associated to a $p$-adic integer $a$ is the unique root of $x^p - x$ in $Z_p$ congruent to $a$ mod $p$. One can identify this representative with the ...
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What is the base change in number theory?

I'm somewhat familiar with base change in scheme theory: sometimes a property of a morphism X \to Y survives a base change ...
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How to attack this diophantine equation in 3 variables?

From link: Find integers a, b and c such that: 987654321a + 123456789b + c = (a + b + c)³
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Equivalent Statements of Riemann Hypothesis in the Weil Conjectures

In the cohomological incarnation, the Riemann hypothesis part of the Weil conjectures for a smooth proper scheme of finite type over a finite field with $q$ elements says that: the eigenvalues of ...
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How to topologize X(R) when R is a topological ring?

Given a topological ring $R$, under what conditions and in what way, can one induce a topology on the $R$-points of a scheme $X$? For example, if $X$ is $P^n$ or $A^n$, one has natural topology on ...
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Can $N^2$ have only digits 0 and 1, other than $N=10^k$?

Pablo Solis asked this at a recent 20 questions seminar at Berkeley. Is there a positive integer $N$, not of the form $10^k$, such that the digits of $N^2$ are all 0's and 1's? It seems very unlikely,...

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