Swinnerton-Dyer Memorial

ag.algebraic-geometry nt.number-theory
Start Date
2020-05-05 
End Date
2020-05-07 
Institution
Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences 
City
Cambridge 
Country
UK 
Meeting Type
conference 
Homepage
https://www.newton.ac.uk/event/neww01 
Contact Name
 

Description

We are organising a three day meeting in honour of Professor Sir Peter-Swinnerton-Dyer who died in December 2018 at the age of 91.

Swinnerton-Dyer was one of the most influential number theorists of his generation worldwide. He is probably best known for the famous conjecture of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer (one of the Millenium Clay Maths Problems), which relates the arithmetic of elliptic curves to the value of its Hasse-Weil L-function. This conjecture gave rise to a huge field of research relating special values of L-functions to arithmetic data. Swinnerton-Dyer was also one of founding figures in the arithmetic of surfaces and higher-dimensional varieties, such as local-to-global principles for rational points over number fields. He obtained fundamental results for conic bundles and cubic surfaces, and started the research of rational points on surfaces fibred into elliptic curves using completely new methods.

The meeting aims to celebrate the tremendous and wide-reaching contributions to mathematics of the late Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer.

In the early years of the Newton Institute, Swinnerton-Dyer served as honorary executive director under Michael Atiyah.

Speakers:

Brian Birch
Martin Bright
John Coates
Lilian Matthiesen
Alexei Skorobogatov
Rodolfo Venerucci
Claire Voisin
Andrew Wiles 
Olivier Wittenberg
Sarah Zerbes
Henri Darmon

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