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In the fall semester of 1985, Prof. Jean-Pierre Serre taught at Harvard University an extended series of lectures of his course on Rational Points on Curves over Finite Fields , first taught at Collège de France. Fernando Gouvêa's handwritten notes of this course have been spread all around since then. These notes contain the origin and inspiration of most of the works on the topic since 1985: maximal curves, construction of curves from their jacobians, class field towers, asymptotics of the number of points, etc.
At last, these notes have been edited, revised and are going to be published by the Société Mathématique Française in the Documents Mathématiques series. The present workshop will celebrate the publication of these notes. Experts on the topic will explain the main progress since 1985 and will discuss open questions and new techniques on curves over finite fields. Plenary speakers will be asked to write down their talks in order to publish proceedings which will be a natural continuation of Serre’s book.
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