Recent problems and results about heights of algebraic numbers

03/06/2012 - 12:15pm
03/06/2012 - 1:10pm
Speaker: 
Jeffrey Vaaler (University of Texas at Austin)
Abstract: 

In this talk we will define heights of algebraic numbers and the closely related Mahler measure of a polynomial. The talk will be a mostly expository account of recent results and current problems about these objects. Some interesting applications will be given to problems not obviously connected to either heights or Mahler measure. Technical details will be kept to a minimum, so the talk should be accessible to graduate students working in algebra or analysis.

Where: 
Millikan 208 (Pomona College)
Misc. Information: 

Professor Vaaler will also give a Colloquium talk on Wednesday, 3/7/12.