Monthly Archives: May 2016

Prime divisors of polynomials

A heuristic model from the last post suggests that the “expected” order of the Galois group associated to a weight one modular form of projective type is infinite. And when one tries to solve the inverse Galois problem for central … Continue reading

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Central Extensions and Weight One Forms

As mentioned in the comments to the last post, Kevin Buzzard and Alan Lauder have made an extensive computation of weight one modular forms in characteristic zero (see also here). Thinking about what that data might contain, I wondered about … Continue reading

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The LMFDB has gone live! I previously expressed on this blog a somewhat muted opinion about certain aspects of the website’s functionality, and it seems that my complaints have mainly been addressed in the latest version. On the other hand, … Continue reading

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