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Learning path to the proof of the Weil Conjectures and étale topology

Assume you are an algebraic geometry advanced student who has mastered Hartshorne's book supplemented on the arithmetic side by the introduction of Lorenzini - "An Invitation to Arithmetic Geometry" ...
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Importance of determining whether a number is squarefree, using geometry

Despite appearances, this is not a question on computational aspects of number theory. The background is as follows. I once asked a number theorist about what he considered to be the most important ...
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Why is it “easier” to work with function fields than with algebraic number fields?

I just bought a copy of Jürgen Neukirch's book Algebraic Number Theory. While browsing through it I found a section titled § 14. Function Fields in chapter I. In it the author describes ...
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What is the status of the purported proof of the ABC conjecture?

Back in August 2012, Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki announced a proof of the abc conjecture using Inter-universal Teichmüller Theory. What has been the status of his proof? Has there been ...
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Why is Hodge more difficult than Tate?

There are strong connections between the Hodge and the Tate conjectures, mainly at the level of similarities and analogies. To quote from an answer of Matthew Emerton on MathOverflow: "[...] we ...
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The resemblance between Mordell's theorem and Dirichlet's unit theorem

The first one states that if $E/\mathbf Q$ is an elliptic curve, then $E(\mathbf Q)$ is a finitely generated abelian group. If $K/\mathbf Q$ is a number field, Dirichlet's theorem says (among other ...
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What is an intuitive meaning of genus?

I read from the Finnish version of the book "Fermat's last theorem, Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem", written by Amir D. Aczel, that genus describes how many handles there are ...
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Primes of ramification index 1 with inseparable residue field extension

I've been reading through Neukirch's Algebraic Number Theory, and I'm a little puzzled about a possibility with ramification of primes. As usual, let $\mathcal{O}_K$ be a Dedekind domain with field ...
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In what senses are archimedean places infinite?

According to Bjorn Poonen's notes here (§2.6), we should add the archimedean places of a number field $K$ to $\operatorname{Spec} \mathscr{O}_K$ in order to get a good analogy with smooth projective ...
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Derived category and so on

I am looking for an introductive reference to the theory of derived categories. Especially I need to start from the very beginning and I need to know how to use this in examples which comes from ...
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Families of curves over number fields

Is there known a number field $K$ and a curve $F(x, y) \in K(t)[x, y]$ such that $F(x, y)$ does not have points over the field of rational functions $K(t)$ but for all but finitely many positive ...
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How to Compute Genus

How to compute the genus of $ \{X^4+Y^4+Z^4=0\} \cap \{X^3+Y^3+(Z-tW)^3=0\} \subset \mathbb{P}^3$? We know that the genus of $ \{X^4+Y^4+Z^4=0\} \subset \mathbb{P}^3$ is 3 because the degree is 4. ...
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writing down the minimal discriminant of an elliptic curve

Let $j$ be an integer. Does there exist an elliptic curve $E_j$ over $\mathbf{Q}$ with $j$-invariant equal to $j$ whose minimal discriminant we can write down in a practical way? For example, can ...
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Representing a curve as a plane curve in different ways

Let $X$ be a (smooth projective geometrically connected) curve over $k$, where $k$ is a field of characteristic zero. We assume $X$ has genus at least $2$. I know that $X$ has a plane model. More ...