Thursday 31 Jan 2019NT Seminar: From elementary number theory to string theory, and back again

Prof. Johannes Nicaise - Imperial College

H103 14:30-16:30

I will describe some surprising interactions between number theory, non-archimedean geometry, birational geometry and mirror symmetry that have appeared in my recent work with Chenyang Xu and that have led to a solution of Veys' 1999 conjecture on poles of maximal order of Igusa zeta functions. The talk will emphasize some key ideas from each of the fields involved rather than the technical aspects of the proof.

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