Seminar on rational points on modular elliptic curves
Organiser: Henri Darmon
Meeting time: Wednesday 10:30-12:30.
Room: BH 1120.
Office hours: By appointment.
This is a continuation of last semester's
seminar and will be based on the notes of my
NSF-CBMS lectures on Rational Points on Modular Elliptic Curves
which I gave in Orlando, Florida, in August 2001.
The notes consist of 10 chapters of roughly equal length.
We will start with the last part of chapter 2, and
I anticipate we will devote roughly two weeks to each chapter.
The seminar particpants will lecture, and fill in necessary background
as they see fit.
Note that this is a seminar, not an official course. Hence it has no official
number and is not taken for credit. Any graduate student
intending to work with me should
participate (actively) in the seminar, and could get credit for her
or his work (and
receive a grade) by registering for a reading course with me.
The main text will be my lecture notes, a preliminary draft of
which can be
dowloaded in from my
A hint for saving paper: The file is currently 127 pages.
order to save paper, you might want to adopt the following procedure:
after storing the file cbms.ps on your machine, type the
from the Unix prompt. Then choose the option
"Two pages per sheet" from
the "scaled down printing" menu.
This will put two pages of notes onto one page, and the resolution is still
If you have good eyes, you can also select 4 pages per sheet.
Combine this with a two-sided printer, and you can get the entire
notes to fit onto
15 sheets of paper!