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A strange continuity

Returning to matters OPAQUE, here is the following problem which may well now be approachable by known methods. Let me phrase the conjecture in the case when the prime p = 2 and the level N = 1. As we … Continue reading

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Irregular Lifts, Part II

This is the global counterpart to the last post. I was going to write this post in a more general setting, but the annoyances of general reductive groups got the better of me. Suppose we fix the following: A number … Continue reading

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Fan Mail

Edit: A previous version of this post has been edited upon request. Somewhat less salaciously, I received a Christmas card from an academic couple of whom I am absolutely sure I have never met. (I just checked my mailbox at … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Paris

Nothing is more pretentious or annoying than when an American offers, uninvited, their opinions of Paris. Here, then, are some of mine. Starting the day with a two hour lecture on elliptic integals: OUI: Who does not get a slight … Continue reading

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Return to Northwestern

Today I returned to Northwestern, taking part in both the communal faculty lunch and the post prandial espresso. Jared Wunsch worked his magic on the Silvia (Rancilio) to pour one of the best espressos I have had in a very … Continue reading

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Report from MSRI and Berkeley

Having attended last Friday’s academic sponsors’ day at MSRI, I can provide a little more context concerning the issues expressed last time. But first, it’s time for the current edition of NAME AND SHAME: There are currently 105 universities which … 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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