The favorite elliptic curve of Richard

Speaker: Jaap Top

Date: Fri, Oct 2, 2020

Location: Zoom, PIMS, University of Calgary

Conference: The Unsolved Problems Conference: Celebrating the living legacy of the mathematics of Richard Guy

Subject: Mathematics, Number Theory

Class: Scientific


Even in the title of one of his papers, Richard Guy called the elliptic curve with equation $y^2 = x^3 - 4x + 4$ his favorite. During the CNTA-XIV meeting in Calgary in 2016, I recalled some of his reasons for this (with Richard listening from the front row). The story as well as a few additional developments will also be the topic of the present lecture.