Oct 12, 2008

Andre Weil on the Riemann hypothesis

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Don’t be fooled by introductory remarks to the effect that ‘the field with one element was conceived by Jacques Tits…’ Let’s have it out into the open : F_un mathematics’ goal is no less than proving the Riemann Hypothesis.

Oct 12, 2008

F_un and group representations

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Grothendieck’s anabelian geometry is an example of noncommutative F_un geometry. Javier starts this series with ramblings on how the folklore about F_un can be used to relate linear and permutation representations of finite groups.

Oct 6, 2008

Connes-Consani for undergraduates (1)

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Alain Connes and Katia Consani arXived the paper “On the notion of geometry over F_un” in which they refine and simplify Soule’s approach. This series tries to explain their construction to non-specialists in algebraic geometry.

Oct 4, 2008

The skeleton of Soulé’s F_un geometry

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Any possible definition of a variey over F_un should have a nice extension of scalars to the integers. In particular, we might expect to be able to control the behavior of such extension for the easiest family of rings defined over F_un: its finite abelian extensions F_un^n.

Oct 1, 2008

ceci n’est pas un corps

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To Gavin Wraiht a mathematical phantom is a “nonexistent entity which ought to be there but apparently is not; but nevertheless obtrudes its effects so convincingly that one is forced to concede a broader notion of existence”. Mathematics’ history is filled with phantoms getting the kiss of life.

Sep 22, 2008

Looking for F_un

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In recent years several people spend a lot of energy looking for properties of an elusive object : the field with one element or in French : “F-un”. One of the motivations is the hope to prove the Riemann hypothesis by mimicking Weil’s proof in the case of curves.