A panorama of elliptic curves

Research Horizons Seminar
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 12:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 255
Professor and Chair, School of Mathematics

Hosted by: Huy Huynh and Yao Li

Elliptic curves are solution sets of cubic polynomials in two variables.  I'll explain a bit of where they came from (computing the arc length of an ellipse, hence the name), their remarkable group structure, and some of the many roles they play in mathematics and applications, from mechanics to algebraic geometry  to cryptography.