Monthly Archives: July 2014

The distribution of Hecke eigenvalues, Part I

Here is a question I raised at the Puerto-Rico conference during one of the “problem sessions.” Toby Gee seems to remember that I had some half-baked heuristics that predicted both A and B below, but perhaps one of my readers … Continue reading

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En Passant IV

My students Richard Moy and Joel Specter have uploaded their paper on partial weight one Hilbert modular forms, previously discussed here, to the ArXiv. Germany now leads the world in both soccer and perfectoid spaces. This is a recipe for … Continue reading

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A public service announcement concerning Fontaine-Mazur for GL(1)

There’s a rumour going around that results from transcendence theory are required to prove the Fontaine-Mazur conjecture for . This is not correct. In Serre’s book on -adic representations, he defines a -adic representation of a global Galois group to … Continue reading

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Report from Luminy

For how long has Luminy been infested with bloodthirsty mosquitoes? The combination of mosquitoes in my room with the fact that my bed was 6′ long with a completely unnecessary headboard (which meant that I had to sleep on an … Continue reading

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An Obvious Claim

It’s been a while since I saw Serre’s “how to write mathematics badly” lecture, but I’m pretty sure there would have been something about the dangers of using the word “obvious.” After all, if something really is obvious, then it … Continue reading

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