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Zilin Jiang
Carnegie Mellon University
Title: Why Elliptic Curves are called Elliptic?

Abstract: So you would think that mathematicians would call an ellipse an "elliptic curve". But they do not. The name "elliptic curve" is reserved for a very different class of curves. Elliptic curves come from algebraic geometry and their application includes the famous proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. There are two principal facets to the study of elliptic curves, namely the discrete and the continuous. Motivated by the question in the title, the talk will focus on the continuous side of the subject, and will reveal a connection between ellipses and elliptic curves.

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Wean Hall 8220
Submitted by:  Zilin Jiang