Elliptic Tales describes the latest developments in number theory
by looking at one of the most exciting unsolved problems in
contemporary mathematics—the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture.
In this book, Avner Ash and Robert Gross guide leaders through
the mathematics they need to understand this captivating problem.
The key in the conjecture lies in elliptic curves,
which may appear simple, but arise from some very
deep—and often very mystifying—mathematical ideas.
Using only basic algebra and calculus while presenting numerous eye-opening examples,
Ash and Gross make these ideas accessible to general readers, and, in the process,
venture to the very frontiers of modern mathematics.