By Avner Ash, Robert Gross

ISBN-10: 0691151199

ISBN-13: 9780691151199

*Elliptic Tales* describes the most recent advancements in quantity idea through the most intriguing unsolved difficulties in modern mathematics--the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture. The Clay arithmetic Institute is delivering a prize of $1 million to a person who can find a basic option to the matter. during this e-book, Avner Ash and Robert Gross advisor readers during the arithmetic they should comprehend this appealing problem.

The key to the conjecture lies in elliptic curves, that are cubic equations in variables. those equations might sound easy, but they come up from a few very deep--and frequently very mystifying--mathematical rules. utilizing basically simple algebra and calculus whereas proposing quite a few eye-opening examples, Ash and Gross make those principles obtainable to basic readers, and within the approach enterprise to the very frontiers of recent arithmetic. alongside the way in which, they offer an informative and exciting creation to a couple of the main profound discoveries of the final 3 centuries in algebraic geometry, summary algebra, and quantity concept. They reveal how arithmetic grows extra summary to take on ever tougher difficulties, and the way each one new new release of mathematicians builds at the accomplishments of these who preceded them. Ash and Gross absolutely clarify how the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture sheds mild at the quantity conception of elliptic curves, and the way it offers a gorgeous and startling connection among very varied gadgets coming up from an elliptic curve, one in line with calculus, the opposite on algebra.