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Gross-Zagier formulae outside of number theory

(Edit: I have asked this question on MO.) The Gross-Zagier formula and various variations of it form the starting point in most of the existing results towards the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer ...
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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 elliptic curve, and how are they used in cryptography?

I hear a lot about Elliptic Curve Cryptography these days, but I'm still not quite sure what they are or how they relate to crypto...
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How to compute rational or integer points on elliptic curves

This is an attempt to get someone to write a canonical answer, as discussed in this meta thread. We often have people come to us asking for solutions to a diophantine equation which, after some clever ...
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Find integer in the form: $\frac{a}{b+c} + \frac{b}{c+a} + \frac{c}{a+b}$

Let $a,b,c \in \mathbb N$ find integer in the form: $$I=\frac{a}{b+c} + \frac{b}{c+a} + \frac{c} {a+b}$$ Using Nesbitt's inequality: $I \ge \frac 32$ I am trying to prove $I \le 2$ to implies ...
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Does an elementary solution exist to $x^2+1=y^3$?

Prove that there are no positive integer solutions to $$x^2+1=y^3$$ This problem is easy if you apply Catalans conjecture and still doable talking about Gaussian integers and UFD's. However, can this ...
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Elliptic Curves and Points at Infinity

My undergraduate number theory class decided to dip into a bit of algebraic geometry to finish up the semester. I'm having trouble understanding this bit of information that the instructor presented ...
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More elliptic curves for $x^4+y^4+z^4 = 1$?

(Note: This has been updated to be similar with this MO post.) There are exactly 22 known primitive solutions to, $$a^4+b^4+c^4 = d^4\tag{1}$$ with $d<10^{11}$. Noam Elkies showed that $(1)$ as, ...
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Reference request in number theory for an analyst.

I am a confirmed mathochist. My background is in analysis, and fairly traditional analysis at that; mainly harmonic functions, subharmonic functions and boundary behaviour of functions, but I have for ...
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History of elliptic curves

In one sense elliptic curves are a rather modern object as some of its properties have been studied only in the last century or so. But in another sense there are a very classical object for studying ...
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2-Torsion Group Scheme

Consider the elliptic curve $zy^2 + z^2y = x^3.$ I would like to explictly compute the 2-torsion group scheme, $E[2],$ over $\mathbf{Spec}(\mathbb{Z}_2),$ but I'm having a tough time writing down the ...
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What is known about the numbers $M_p = \left\vert C(\mathbb{F}_p )\right\vert$?

There is a question (2.4.c) marked ** (to denote "extremely difficult/currently open problem") in Silverman and Tate's Rational Points on Elliptic Curves which I found really interesting and wondered ...
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How are the Tate-Shafarevich group and class group supposed to be cognates?

How can one consider the Tate-Shafarevich group and class group of a field to be analogues? I have heard many authors and even many expository papers saying so, class group as far as I know is ...
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Galois Properties of the Values of Modular Forms

Let $f \in S_0(N)$ be a normalized Hecke eigenform. It is well known that its coefficients are algebraic integers, and $f^\sigma$ lies in $S_0(N)$ for $\sigma \in G_{\mathbb{Q}}$. At CM points $z \in ...
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Find $x\in \mathbb{Z}$ such that $54x^3+1$ is a cube

Find $x\in \mathbb{Z}$ such that $54x^3+1$ is a cube. I found $x=0$, any others ?
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Definition of the j-invariant of an elliptic curve

It seems that most introductory books on elliptic curves simply state the definition of the j-invariant of an elliptic curve without giving any background on how that definition was conceived. Of ...
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Is there a more elementary proof of this special case of Riemann-Roch?

I'm looking for an elementary proof of the fact that $\ell(nP) = \dim L(nP) = n$, where $L(nP)$ is the linear (Riemann-Roch) space of certain rational functions associated to the divisor $nP$, where ...
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Why can't elliptic curves be parameterized with rational functions?

Background: For our abstract algebra class, we were asked to prove that $\mathbb{Q}(t, \sqrt{t^3 - t})$ is not purely transcendental. It clearly has transcendence degree $1$, so if it is purely ...
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If $E/\mathbf Q$ is an elliptic curve and $n$ is odd, then the $n$-torsion $E(\mathbf Q)[n]$ is cyclic; elementary proof?

I know that this follows from the existence and non-degeneracy of the Weil pairing. A consequence of the existence of the Weil pairing is that, if the whole $n$-torsion is defined over $\mathbf Q$, ...
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Solve : $ab(a+b)(a-b)=c^2-1$

As we know that $ab(a+b)(a-b)=c^2$ has no integer solution in $Z^+$.However, it seems that $$ab(a+b)(a-b)=c^2-1$$ has infinite positive integer solutions,could you prove it? Here are some of them: ...
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Integer solutions for $x^3+2=y^2$?

I've heard a famous result that $26$ is the only integer, such that $26-1=25$ is a square number and $26+1=27$ is a cubic number.In other words, $(x,y)=(5,3)$ is the only solution for $x^2+2=y^3$. ...
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Explicit Derivation of Weierstrass Normal Form for Cubic Curve

In page 22-23 of Rational Points on Elliptic Curves by Silverman and Tate, authors explain why is it possible to put every cubic curve into Weierstrass Normal Form. Here are relevant pages: (My ...
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Is the real locus of an elliptic curve the intersection of a torus with a plane?

In Lawrence Washington's book Elliptic Curves: Number Theory and Criptography I read that if $E$ is an elliptic curve defined over the real numbers $\mathbb{R}$ then the set of real points ...
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What are some applications of the Weil conjectures for algebraic curves?

I have been interested in the Weil conjectures for some time, and the easiest place to start has been in studying them for elliptic curves. I've been able to see some of their applications and ...
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Can you recommend some books on elliptic function?

I plan to study elliptic function. Can you recommend some books? What is the relationship between elliptic function and elliptic curve?Many thanks in advance!
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order of an elliptic curve

I have found that the curve given by $x^3+x+1=y^2$ over $\mathbb{F_5}$ has 9 points. Now I am supposed to find the number of points of the same curve on $\mathbb{F}_{125}$. Using Hasse and the fact ...
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Concrete Example of the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture

The Setup Consider an elliptic curve $E$ in Weierstrass form $y^2=x^3+ax+b$ with $a,b \in \mathbb{Z}$. As usual, we let $\Delta_E$ be the discriminant of the polynomial, and we set $N_p := $ ...
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Making an elliptic curve out of a cubic polynomial made a cube, or $ax^3+bx^2+cx+d = y^3$

What is the transformation such that a general cubic polynomial to be made a cube, $$ax^3+bx^2+cx+d = y^3\tag{1}$$ can be transformed to Weierstrass form, $$x^3+Ax+B = t^2\tag{2}$$ (The special ...
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Intuitively, what is the height of a point on an abelian variety?

I have been reading through Silverman's classic text on elliptic curves and I just can't seem to wrap my head around the height functions. It just kind of shows up. What exactly does the height ...
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Elliptic curves over Spec Z

I want to show that there are only finitely many elliptic curves over Spec $\mathbf Z$ without appealing to Siegel's theorem or Shafarevich' theorem. Firstly, I think (but I am not sure) that such an ...
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Modular parametrization of elliptic curve

Let $f$ be a cusp form of weight $2$ on $\Gamma_0(N)$ and assume that $f$ is a Hecke form and a newform. Then, we easily see that $$C(\gamma)=2i\pi \int_{\tau}^{\gamma \tau}{f(\tau')d\tau'} \quad ...
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Where does this elliptic curve come from?

In Zeta functions of an infinite family of K3 surfaces, Scott Alhgren, Ken Ono and David Penniston compute the zeta functions (given a good reduction restriction mentioned below) of the K3 surfaces ...
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Hecke Characters

My question today concerns Hecke characters or Größencharaktere. I'm doing a project on complex multiplication of elliptic curves and need some help understanding Hecke characters. My main ...
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Reading the mind of Prof. John Coates (motive behind his statement)

To start with the issue, I have been thinking from many days that Birch-Swinnerton-dyer conjectures should have some association with the Galois theory, but one day I got the Article of Tate called as ...
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Does there exist an elliptic curve $E$ such that $\#E(\Bbb{F}_{q^2})=(q+1)^2$ for all prime powers $q$?

The following (paraphrased) question is a homework exercise for a course on elliptic curves: Let $p\not\equiv1\pmod{12}$ be a prime number and let $q=p^k$. Show that there exists an elliptic curve ...
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What does the Tate module of an elliptic curve tell us?

I started studying elliptic curves, and I see that it is rather common to take the Tate module of an elliptic curve (or, of the Jacobian of a higher genus curve). I'm having a hard time isolating the ...
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The modular curve X(N)

I have a question about the modular curve X(N), which classifies elliptic curves with full level N structure. (A level N structure of an elliptic curve E is an isomorphism from $Z/NZ \times Z/NZ$ to ...
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Automorphism group of the elliptic curve $y^2 + y = x^3$

Consider the elliptic curve $E : y^2+y = x^3$ over $\overline{\mathbb{F}_2}$. It has the biggest automorphism group $G$ among all elliptic curves, namely with order $24$. What is the structure of $G$? ...
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Weierstrass $\wp$ function doubly periodic

I'm working my way through Silverman and Tate's Undergraduate Introduction to Elliptic Curves. I haven't yet been able to study complex analysis, so it comes as no surprise that I'm having a tough ...
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Why 1728 in $j$-invariant?

The $j$-invariant for elliptic curves has a $1728$ in it. According to Hartshorne, this is supposedly for characteristic-$2$ and $3$ reasons, despite appearances to the contrary. Indeed, it is ...
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Rank $2$ Elliptic Curves

I'm on a quest for some rank $2$ elliptic curves. My question is actually twofold: Is there a way to easily construct a curve with this property? Is there a database of elliptic curves with given ...
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Basic Understanding of Elliptic curve

I want to know the basic understanding about Elliptic curve. Why it is need and when it is useful. I have searched much on internet but I am not a science student hence I am not able to understand the ...
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How to show there exists no solution to a discrete logarithm problem on an Elliptic Curve?

The exact problem is to show that $\nexists$k such that $k(1,2) = (4,5)$ on the elliptic curve defined by $\widetilde{E}: y^2 = x^3 -14x + 17$ over $\mathbb Q$. Background: E: $y^2 = x^3 + 3$ over ...
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The Moduli Stack of Elliptic curves - What is it?

I have often heard the words "Moduli Stack of Elliptic Curves", but I have nowhere found a from-scratch definition of this object. I do understand the motivation: There are cusps in the moduli space ...
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Line Bundle on subvarieties

I've been having problem actually restricting a Line bundle $L$ defined on some projective space $\mathbb C \mathbb P^{N-1}$ to a subvariety $X$. I know how to do this on an abstract level, but ...
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Euler Product of Modular L-series

This question is probably really easy to someone that knows the theory of modular forms well, so I apologize if this is obvious. Suppose $E_1$ and $E_2$ are elliptic curves over $\mathbb{Q}$ and the ...
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Prove that a holonomic (p-recursive) difference equation returns only integral values

Consider the recurrence given by $(n+1)^2 a_{n+1} = (9n^2+9n+3)a_n-27n^2 a_{n-1}$ $a_0 = 1, a_1 = 3$. Clearly, $a_n$ is rational, but unexpectedly, the recurrence seems to output only integral ...
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Are all elliptic curves from $w^3 = \text{cubic}(z)$ isomorphic?

I've been playing around with Riemann surfaces of cubics, and it seems to me that all surfaces obtained as coverings of the Riemann sphere from equations of the form $w^3 = q(z)$, where $q(z)$ is a ...
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Size of the group $E(\mathbb{Q}_{p})/pE(\mathbb{Q}_{p})$

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Q}_{p}$. Do we know anything about the order of the group $E(\mathbb{Q}_{p})/pE(\mathbb{Q}_{p})$? I know that it's finite, but do we know anything else?
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Splitting of quaternion algebras

A rational (definite) quaternion algebra is an algebra of the form $$ \mathcal{K} = \mathbb{Q} + \mathbb{Q}\alpha + \mathbb{Q}\beta + \mathbb{Q}\alpha \beta $$ with $\alpha^2,\beta^2 \in ...