Some congruences and consequences in number theory and beyond
In the mid-1800s, Kummer observed some striking congruences between certain values of the Riemann zeta function, which have important consequences in algebraic number theory, in particular for unique factorization in certain rings. In spite of its potential, this topic lay mostly dormant for nearly a century until it was revived by Iwasawa in the mid-1950s. Since then, advances in arithmetic geometry and number theory (in particular, for modular forms, certain analytic functions that play a central role in number theory) have enabled substantial extension to congruences in the context of other arithmetically significant data, and this has remained an active area of research. In this talk, I will survey old and new tools for studying such congruences. I will conclude by introducing some unexpected challenges that arise when one tries to take what would seem like immediate next steps beyond the current state of the art.
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