Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar - Graduate Student Talks
Speaker 1: Alun Stokes (McMaster)
Title 1: An introduction to Belyi maps
Abstract: We will give an introduction to the theory of dessin d'enfant and Belyi maps, focusing mainly on computational aspects in the genus zero case. Relationships with modular forms and noncongruence subgroups will be touched on.
Speaker 2: Nathan Heisz (McMaster)
Title 2: Some p-adic properties of hypergeometric series
Abstract: We will give an introduction to p-adic number fields. As an application we will discuss a conjecture on densities of bounded primes for hypergeometric series with rational coefficients, whose parameters lie in a quadratic extension of the rational numbers.