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Department of Mathematical Sciences

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Gandalf (Pure Maths Student Seminar): The Congruent Number problem

Presented by Luke Stanbra, Durham

31 October 2012 16:00 in CM221

The congruent number problem is that of determining whether an given integer is the area of a right angled triangle with rational sides. This deceptively simple to state problem has a solution which leads us through some of the most intriguing theorems of modern number theory, including the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture, one of the Clay Mathematical Institute's Millennium problems.

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Gandalf is the pure maths student seminar. Gandalf stands for the Geometry AND ALgebra Forum. It is run by and for pure postgraduates, but welcomes anyone who is interested in coming along.

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