Heights and L-series. (English) Zbl 0665.14010

Proc. Int. Congr. Math., Berkeley/Calif. 1986, Vol. 1, 425-433 (1987).
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This paper is a summary of the author’s address to the 1986 International Congress of Mathematicians. It describes a limit formula - due to the author and D. Zagier - which connects heights of special divisor classes on modular curves and the behavior of certain Rankin L-series in the center of their critical strips. This limit formula has important arithmetic consequences for e.g., the conjectures of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer for elliptic curves over \({\mathbb{Q}}\).
Reviewer: D.Gross


14H25 Arithmetic ground fields for curves
11F03 Modular and automorphic functions
14G10 Zeta functions and related questions in algebraic geometry (e.g., Birch-Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture)
14H52 Elliptic curves


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