18.786 - Number Theory II

Lecturer: Andrew Sutherland

Office: 2-341B

Email: drew@math.mit.edu

Time and Place: MW 11-12:30, 2-139

Office Hours: M 2:30-3:30, W 5-6 (zoom)

Grader: Hao Peng


This is the second semester of MIT's graduate sequence in number theory. The first semester (18.785) typically focuses on algebraic number theory, while the content of the second semester varies form year to year. This year our focus will be on modular forms and modular curves, following Diamond-Shurman and Miyake, along with some supplementary material on modular curves and Galois representations. See the syllabus for more details.

Prerequisite: The official prerequisite is 18.785, but this year 18.786 will be largely self-contained and students who have not taken 18.785 are welcome. No prior knowledge of modular forms will be assumed.


2-23-24  Notes for Lecture 6 have been posted.

2-21-24  Notes for Lecture 5 have been posted.

2-15-24Problem Set 2 has been posted. It is due by midnight on Sunday, Feb 25.

2-14-24  Notes for Lecture 4 have been posted.