By René Schoof

ISBN-10: 1848001851

ISBN-13: 9781848001855

Eugène Charles Catalan made his recognized conjecture – that eight and nine are the one consecutive excellent powers of average numbers – in 1844 in a letter to the editor of Crelle’s mathematical magazine. 100 and fifty-eight years later, Preda Mihailescu proved it.

Catalan’s Conjecture provides this excellent lead to a fashion that's available to the complicated undergraduate. the 1st few sections of the ebook require little greater than a uncomplicated mathematical history and a few wisdom of common quantity idea, whereas later sections contain Galois concept, algebraic quantity conception and a small volume of commutative algebra. the necessities, equivalent to the fundamental evidence from the mathematics of cyclotomic fields, are all mentioned in the text.

The writer dissects either Mihailescu’s evidence and the sooner paintings it made use of, taking nice care to pick streamlined and obvious types of the arguments and to maintain the textual content self-contained. basically within the evidence of Thaine’s theorem is a bit category box thought used; it truly is was hoping that this software will encourage the reader to check the speculation further.

Beautifully transparent and concise, this booklet will attraction not just to experts in quantity thought yet to somebody drawn to seeing the applying of the tips of algebraic quantity thought to a well-known mathematical challenge.

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Therefore, we have for certain integers u, v ∈ Z, y + 1 = u2, y +1 = v2. y+1 q The point (y, v) lies on the algebraic curve given by the equation Y q−1 − Y q−2 + . . − Y + 1 = V 2 . The algebraic curve described by this equation is irreducible. The associated homogeneous equation Y q−1 − Y q−2 Z + . . − Y Z q−1 + Z q−1 = V 2 Z q−3 describes a projective irreducible curve in P2 . This curve has a singularity at infinity. An equation that describes a curve with the same function field, but that is smooth in a neighborhood of infinity, is given by W 2 = 1 −U + .

A) Show that the natural sequence ordp 0 −→ Z[ζ p ]∗ −→ E p −→ Z −→ 0 is exact. Here ordp is the valuation associated to the prime ideal p = (1−ζ p ) of the ring Z[ζ p ]. q (b) Show that for every odd prime q = p, the Fq -dimension of E p /E p is equal to ( p − 1)/2. V, s. 4], show directly that the class numbers of Q(ζ p ) are equal to 1 when p = 3, 5, or 7. 5 Let p > 2 be prime and let μ ⊂ Q(ζ p )∗ denote the subgroup of roots of unity. (a) Consider the homomorphism 2 ker(Cl + p −→ Cl p ) −→ μ/μ 46 Catalan’s Conjecture that maps the class of a Q(ζ p+ )-ideal I for which the Z[ζ p ]-ideal generated by I is equal to (α), to α 1−ι .

4 Let q be prime. Consider the equation yq + 1 = y q−1 − y q−2 + . . − y + 1 = q. y+1 40 Catalan’s Conjecture (a) For q ≥ 5, show that the only solution to y ∈ Z is given by y = −1. (b) Determine all solutions y ∈ Z for q = 3. 5 For any two real numbers p, x > 1, show that (x + 1) p − (x − 1) p > 1. 6 (S. Hyyr¨o [18]) Suppose that p,q are odd primes and that x, y ∈ Z satisfy x p − y q = 1. 5 says that there exist a, v ∈ Z such that y = pav and x − 1 = pq−1 a q . Similarly, there exist b, u ∈ Z such that x = qbu and y + 1 = q p−1 b p .

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