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By Gisbert Wüstholz

ISBN-10: 0511063903

ISBN-13: 9780511063909

Alan Baker's sixtieth birthday in August 1999 provided an incredible chance to arrange a convention at ETH Zurich with the objective of offering the cutting-edge in quantity concept and geometry. some of the leaders within the topic have been introduced jointly to give an account of study within the final century in addition to speculations for attainable extra learn. The papers during this quantity disguise a wide spectrum of quantity concept together with geometric, algebrao-geometric and analytic elements. This quantity will entice quantity theorists, algebraic geometers, and geometers with a bunch theoretic history. in spite of the fact that, it is going to even be worthy for mathematicians (in specific study scholars) who're attracted to being knowledgeable within the country of quantity concept before everything of the twenty first century and in attainable advancements for the longer term.

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For further topics and references we shall refer to books and other survey papers. 1 General effective finiteness theorems In the first decades of the 20th century Thue, Mordell, Siegel, Mahler and others obtained finiteness results on the integral solutions of polynomial diophantine equations in two unknowns. Siegel (1929) classified all irreducible algebraic curves over Q on which there are infinitely many integral points. He showed that these curves must be of genus 0 and have at most two infinite valuations.

When u i is a pole of ℘i , we consider γi = (0, 0, 1). Such complex numbers u 1 , . . , u k are called elliptic logarithms (of rational points). † Such a normalization is not strictly necessary and any model would do; we however fix the latter for convenience and easier comparisons between earlier works. 26 Recent Progress on Linear Forms in Elliptic Logarithms 27 Thus, clearly, any point in the period lattice is an elliptic logarithm. Let N ≥ 1 be an integer and P = (x0 , . . , x N ) ∈ P N (Q).

The first part is devoted to general effective finiteness theorems. In the second part we are concerned with numerical resolution of concrete equations. Many other types of equation can be studied by Baker’s theory. Some important topics will not be discussed here and many references will be left out † Added in proof. For an improvement, see also Matveev’s paper in Izvestiya Math. 64 (2000), 1217–1269. 40 K´alm´an Gy˝ory owing to lack of space. For instance, we shall not deal with numerical results concerning parametric families of equations.

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