Past Kinderseminar

4 November 2009
11:30
Tobias Barthel
Abstract
We will present different ideas leading to and evolving around geometry over the field with one element. After a brief summary of the so-called numbers-functions correspondence we will discuss some aspects of Weil's proof of the Riemann hypothesis for function fields. We will see then how lambda geometry can be thought of as a model for geometry over $\mathbb{F}_\mathrm{un}$ and what some familiar objects should look like there. If time permits, we will explain a link with stable homotopy theory.
28 October 2009
11:30
Owen Cotton-Barratt
Abstract
Much of group theory is concerned with whether one property entails another. When such a question is answered in the negative it is often via a pathological example. We will examine the Rips construction, an important tool for producing such pathologies, and touch upon a recent refinement of the construction and some applications. In the course of this we will introduce and consider the profinite topology on a group, various separability conditions, and decidability questions in groups.
20 May 2009
11:30
David Craven
Abstract
We begin by proving the abc theorem for polynomial rings and looking at a couple of its consequences. We then move on to the abc conjecture and its equivalence with the generalized Szpiro conjecture, via Frey polynomials. We look at a couple of consequences of the abc conjecture, and finally consider function fields, where we introduce the abc theorem in that case.

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