Category Archives: Mathematics

Virtual coherent cohomology

I gave a talk yesterday where I attempted to draw parallels between the cohomology of (arithmetic) 3-manifolds and weight one modular forms. It was natural then to think about whether there was an analogue of the virtual Betti number conjecture. … Continue reading

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The class number 100 problem

Some time ago, Mark Watkins busted open the “class number n” problem for smallish n, finding all imaginary quadratic fields of class number at most 100 (the original paper is here) Although the paper describes the method in detail, it … Continue reading

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Central Extensions, Updated

I previously mentioned a problem concerning polynomials, whose motivation came from thinking about weight one forms and the inverse Galois problem for finite subgroups of I still like the polynomial problem, but I realized that I was confused about the … Continue reading

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Correspondance Serre-Tate, Part I

Reading the correspondence between Serre and Tate has been as delightful as one could expect. What is very nice to see — although perhaps not so surprising — is the utter delight that both Serre and Tate find in discussing … Continue reading

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Artin No-Go Lemma

The problem of constructing Galois representations associated to Maass forms with eigenvalue 1/4 is, by now, a fairly notorious problem. The only known strategy, first explained by Carayol, is to first transfer the representation to a unitary group over an … Continue reading

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Z_p-extensions of Number Fields, Part II

This is continuation of the last post. We claimed there that we were going to deform a totally real number field of degree n into a field with signature (r,s) with r+2s = n, and pass information about Leopoldt’s conjecture … Continue reading

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Z_p-extensions of Number Fields, Part I

In the next few posts, I want to discuss a problem that came up when I wrote a paper with Barry Mazur. We had a few observations and remarks that we discussed as part of a possible sequel but which … Continue reading

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