A modular form is a (complex) analytic function on the upper half-plane satisfying a certain kind of functional equation with respect to the group action of the modular group.

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Proof of $\frac{1}{e^{\pi}+1}+\frac{3}{e^{3\pi}+1}+\frac{5}{e^{5\pi}+1}+\ldots=\frac{1}{24}$

I would like to prove that $\displaystyle\sum_{\substack{n=1\\n\text{ odd}}}^{\infty}\frac{n}{e^{n\pi}+1}=\frac1{24}$. I found a solution by myself 10 hours after I posted it, here it is: $$f(x)=\...
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Intuition for the Importance of Modular Forms

I am learning about modular forms for the first time this term and am just starting to wrap my head around what might be the big picture of things. I was wondering if the following interpretation of ...
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How does one see Hecke Operators as helping to generalize Quadratic Reciprocity?

My question is really about how to think of Hecke operators as helping to generalize quadratic reciprocity. Quadratic reciprocity can be stated like this: Let $\rho: Gal(\mathbb{Q})\rightarrow GL_1(\...
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Other interesting consequences of $d=163$?

Question: Any other interesting consequences of $d=163$ having class number $h(-d)=1$ aside from the list below? Let $\tau = \tfrac{1+\sqrt{-163}}{2}$. We have (see notes at end of list), $$e^{\pi\...
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In what sense is Taniyama-Shimura the $n=2$ case of Langlands?

As I understand it (If I'm imprecise, as I will likely be, please correct me), Langlands says roughly as follows: For every representation $Gal(\mathbb{Q}) \rightarrow GL_n(\mathbb{C})$ we can form a ...
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Deligne, elliptic curves and modular forms

I'm trying to understand an argument of Deligne (in Courbes elliptiques: Formulaire d'après J. Tate), but I'm not familiar enough with algebraic geometry, so I'm getting quite confused. So even in my ...
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The importance of modular forms

I'm studying modular forms and my professor started the course talking about elliptic functions. These particular functions form a field (once that the lattice $\Lambda$ is fixed) called $E(\Lambda)=\...
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a new continued fraction for $\sqrt{2}$

In a q-continued fraction related to the octahedral group I defined a new q-continued fraction for the square of ramanujan's octic continued fraction which I discovered using certain three term ...
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Demystifying modular forms

I am really struggling to understand what modular forms are and how I should think of them. Unfortunately I often see others being in the same shoes as me when it comes to modular forms, I imagine ...
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Proving finite dimensionality of modular forms using representation theory?

It is well known how to use algebraic geometry (differentials, divisors, and Riemann-Roch) in order to prove the finite dimensionality of the vector space of modular forms of some fixed weight and ...
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Why is $\tau(n) \equiv \sigma_{11}(n) \pmod{691}$?

If $n$ is a natural number, let $\displaystyle \sigma_{11}(n) = \sum_{d \mid n} d^{11}$. The modular form $\Delta$ is defined by $\displaystyle \Delta(q) = q \prod_{n=1}^{\infty}(1 - q^n)^{24}$. ...
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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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Modular interpretation of modular curves

Let $\Gamma$ be a congruence subgroup of level $N$. What is the modular interpretation of $\Gamma\backslash \mathcal{H}^*$, by that I mean what are the elliptic curves + additional structure it ...
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What is the exact value of $\eta(6i)$?

Let $\eta(\tau)$ be the Dedekind eta function. In his Lost Notebook, Ramanujan played around with a related function and came up with some of the nice evaluations, $$\begin{aligned} \eta(i) &= \...
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How does one graduate from Hecke Operators to Hecke Correspondences?

I've read (skimmed heartily) basic books on the topic of modular forms. (The last being Silverman's Advanced Topics in the Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves.) I strive for an understanding which is as ...
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Is there a general way to prove series and products are modular?

The following$$\eta(q)=q^{1/24}(q)_\infty$$ $$E_{n}(z)=\sum_{z \in \Lambda\setminus \lbrace0\rbrace}z^{-n}$$ $$F(q)=q^{-1/60} \sum_{n \ge0} \frac{q^{n^2}}{(q;q)_\infty}$$ $$F(q)=q^{11/60} \sum_{n \ge0}...
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How did Hecke come up with Hecke-operators?

I'm currently studying Hecke-operators and I'm curious how Hecke came up with them. The original definition he gave in his paper is $$\left( f \mid T_n\right) (z) = n^{k - 1} \sum_{ad = n, \, b \mod d,...
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When does a modular form satisfy a differential equation with rational coefficients?

Given a modular form $f$ of weight $k$ for a congruence subgroup $\Gamma$, and a modular function $t$ for $\Gamma$ with $t(i\infty)=0$, we can form a function $F$ such that $F(t(z))=f(z)$ (at least ...
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Representing a number as a sum of at most $k$ squares

Fix an integer $k >0 $ and would like to know the maximum number of different ways that a number $n$ can be expressed as a sum of $k$ squares, i.e. the number of integer solutions to $$ n = x_1^2 + ...
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Relation between congruence subgroups. $\Gamma(M)\Gamma(N) = \Gamma(\gcd(M,N))$

I'm hoping there's a pleasant way to solve this one. Prove that $\Gamma(M)\Gamma(N) = \Gamma(\gcd(M,N))$. Showing that $\Gamma(M)\Gamma(N) \subset \Gamma(\gcd(M,N))$ is rather straight forward, ...
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Converting an infinite product to sum; Ramanujan $\tau$ function

I've gotten what seems most of the way, but I'm quite stuck at this point. Define $\tau(n)$ by \begin{align*} q\prod_{n=1}^\infty (1-q^n)^{24} = \sum_{n=1}^\infty\tau(n)q^n. \end{align*} ...
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Counting points on the Klein quartic

In Moreno's book "Algebraic Curves over Finite Fields", he mentions the following in passing with no further comments ($K$ denotes the Klein quartic defined by $X^3 Y + Y^3 Z + Z^3 X = 0$): The ...
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Connection between the $L$-function of a modular form and the $L$-function of its associated $\ell$-adic representation as defined by Bloch-Kato

Let $f\in\mathcal{S}_k(\Gamma_1(N),\epsilon)$ is a normalized eigenform for all the Hecke operators, with character $\epsilon$, $k\geq 2$, and assume the $q$-expansion of $f$ has rational coefficients....
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Whats the difference between modular forms of different levels?

We have a natural surjective group homomorphism: $\phi : SL_2(\mathbb{Z}) \to SL_2(\mathbb{Z}/(n\mathbb{Z}))$ from which, given any subgroup $H<SL_2(\mathbb{Z}/(n\mathbb{Z}))$, we may take the ...
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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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Proving that $\sigma_7(n) = \sigma_3(n) + 120 \sum_{m=1}^{n-1} \sigma_3(m)\sigma_3(n-m)$ without using modular forms?

This problem appears as a (starred!) exercise in D. Zagier's notes on modular forms. I have to admit that I have no idea how to do it. Here, $\sigma_k(n) =\sum_{d\mid n} d^k$, as usual. This ...
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What are applications of number theory in physics?

I was reading Goro Shimura's The Map of My Life. He wrote the following quote in the book. It made me come up with the title question. In particular, is there any application of the theory of modular ...
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How to show that $\Delta\left(\frac{az+b}{cz+d}\right)=(cz+d)^{12}\Delta(z)$?

Let $(a, b; c, d) \in SL_2(\mathbb{Z})$ and $\Delta(z)=q\prod_{n=1}^{\infty} (1-q^n)^{24}$, $q=e^{2\pi i z}$. How to show that $\Delta(\frac{az+b}{cz+d})=(cz+d)^{12}\Delta(z)$? Thank you very much. I ...
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Concerning the classical normalized Eisenstein series

Earlier I asked this question. As of today, it has not been answered. Yet still, I have a follow-up question: In general, how does one express $E_4(\tau)$ and $E_6(\tau)$ in closed form for special ...
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Eisenstein Series and cusps of $\Gamma_{1}(N)$

Let $q = e^{2\pi i\tau}$, $\operatorname{Im}\tau > 0$ and let $$G(\tau) = 1 - 24\sum_{n = 1}^{\infty}\frac{nq^{n}}{1 - q^{n}}$$ be the weight 2 Eisenstein series for $\Gamma(1)$. Consider the ...
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An infinite product for $\left(\frac{\eta(13\tau)}{\eta(\tau)}\right)^2$?

Given the Dedekind eta function, $$\eta(\tau) = q^{1/24} \prod_{n=1}^\infty (1-q^n)$$ where $q = \exp(2\pi i\tau)$. Consider the following "family", $\begin{align} \left(\frac{\eta(2\tau)}{\eta(\...
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Hecke operators on modular forms

Would you please explain the importance of Hecke operators on modular forms? I am studying modular forms mostly on my own and I have a pretty good understanding up to Hecke operators. So, I just ...
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Ramanujan's Tau function, an arithmetic property

The problem: Let $\tau(n)$ denote the Ramanujan $\tau$-function and $\sigma(n)$ be the sum of the positive divisors of $n$. Show that $$ (1-n)\tau(n) = 24\sum_{j=1}^{n-1} \sigma(j)\tau(n-j).$$ ...
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Connection between Hecke operators and Hecke algebras

Hecke operators are things that act on modular forms and give rise to a lot of interesting arithmetical results: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hecke_operator On the other hand on the wikpedia page ...
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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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How to compute the Hecke operator on an Eisenstein series?

In my current course on Modular Forms we are now discussing Hecke operators and we are asked the following: Prove that for any even integer $k \geq 4$ and prime $p$ we have $T_pG_k = \sigma_{k−1}(p)...
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Hypergeometric formulas for the Rogers-Ramanujan identities?

Let $q = e^{2\pi i \tau}$. Given the j-function, $$j = j(q) = 1/q + 744 + 196884q + 21493760q^2 + \dots$$ and define, $$k = j-1728$$ Let $\tau =\sqrt{-N}$, where $N > 1$. Anybody knows how ...
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Flatness of residual representations associated to modular forms

Let $f\in S_k(\Gamma_1(N),\chi)$ be a Hecke eigenform of weight $k\geq 2$, $p$ an odd prime not dividing $N$, and $K_f$ the number field generated by the Hecke eigenvalues of $f$. Fixing a prime $\...
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Why is 12 the smallest weight for which a cusp forms exists

On wikipedia (here) I have read the following: Twelve is the smallest weight for which a cusp form exists. [...] This fact is related to a constellation of interesting appearances of the number ...
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Purpose of cusps

In the theory of of modular forms, there is the set of of cusps defined by $\mathbb{P}^1 (\mathbb{Q})= \mathbb{Q} \cup \{\infty\}$. For an subgroup $\Gamma < \text{SL}_2(\mathbb{Z})$ of finite ...
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Modular transformations of $\eta(\tau)$

Under a modular transformation the Dedekind $\eta$ function transforms as $$\eta(-1/\tau) = \sqrt{-i}\eta(\tau).\tag*{$(*)$}$$Siegel gives a proof in this paper here that uses complex analytic ...
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Definition of cusp of a congruence group

I am reading p.22 of Dan Bump's Automorphihic forms and representations. A cusp of the congruence group acting on the upper half plane is defined to be an orbit of the action of the congruence ...
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Integral relations in Fricke and Klein

Can someone please explain how Fricke and Klein obtain the integral relationa stated at the top of p. 34 in this book? The entire book can be previewed on Google Books. It is an old book and I do not ...
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why does a certain formula in Lang's book on modular forms hold?

Background: Let $k$ be an even integer. The Eisenstein series are defined by $$E_{k} = 1 - \frac{2k}{B_{k}}\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \sigma_{k-1}(n)q^{n}$$ where $$\sigma_{k-1}(n)= \sum\limits_{d \mid n,\;...
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A question on FLT and Taniyama Shimura

Sometime back i watched the documentary of Andrew Wiles proving the Fermat's Last theorem. A truly inspiring video and i still watch it whenever i am in a depressed mood. There are certain things(...
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Ramanujan theta function and its continued fraction

I believe Ramanujan would have loved this kind of identity. After deriving the identity, I wanted to share it with the mathematical community. If it's well known, please inform me and give me some ...
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Ideal of cusp forms for $\Gamma_0(4)$ is principal

Let $\Gamma_0(4)$ be a congruence subgroup of $SL(2,\mathbb{Z})$ defined as $$\Gamma_0(4)=\{M=\begin{pmatrix} a &b\\ c& d \end{pmatrix}\in SL(2,\mathbb{Z})\mid c=0\bmod 4\}.$$ Dedekind eta-...
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How should I think about Ihara's Lemma?

I am trying to learn about Ihara's lemma because I see it mentioned in many papers in arithmetic geometry. To be more precise, I would like to know: What is the significance of this result? Why is ...
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p-adic modular form example

In Serre's paper on $p$-adic modular forms, he gives the example (in the case of $p = 2,3,5$) of $\frac{1}{Q}$ and $\frac{1}{j}$ as $p$-adic modular forms, where $Q = E_4 = 1 + 540\sum \sigma_{3}(n)q^...
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Do general automorphic factors arise in some canonical way?

Disclaimer: none of what I'm about to say I understand particularly well; corrections and clarifications are not only welcome but will be accepted with great gratitude. The wikipedia article on ...