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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, January 22, 2014

How many solutions does a polynomial have?

Zhiyu Tian (California Institute of Technology)

Abstract: A classical problem in number theory is to study whether a polynomial in several variables with rational coefficients has a solution in rational numbers. And in case there is a solution, what is the structure of the set of all solutions. An important idea in studying these problems is the so-called "local-global principle". Roughly speaking, this amounts to study the relation between solutions in rational numbers and solutions modulo a prime number. In this talk I will discuss the function field analogue of these problems and some recent advances in the subject.