
Absolute geometry is the attempt to develop algebraic geometry over the elusive field with one element $\mathbb{F}_1$. The idea being that the set of all prime numbers is just too large for $\mathbf{Spec}(\mathbb{Z})$ to be a terminal object (as it is in the category of schemes). So, one wants to view $\mathbf{Spec}(\mathbb{Z})$ as a geometric… Read more »

Almost three decades ago, Yuri Manin submitted the paper “New dimensions in geometry” to the 25th Arbeitstagung, Bonn 1984. It is published in its proceedings, Springer Lecture Notes in Mathematics 1111, 59101 and there’s a review of the paper available online in the Bulletin of the AMS written by Daniel Burns. In the introduction Manin… Read more »

Previously, we have recalled comparisons between approaches to define a geometry over the absolute point and arthistorical movements, first those due to Yuri I. Manin, subsequently some extra ones due to Javier Lopez Pena and Oliver Lorscheid. In these comparisons, the art trend appears to have been chosen more to illustrate a key feature of… Read more »

One of the more surprising analogies around is that prime numbers can be viewed as knots in the 3sphere $S^3$. The motivation behind it is that the (etale) fundamental group of $\pmb{spec}(\mathbb{Z}/(p))$ is equal to (the completion) of the fundamental group of a circle $S^1$ and that the embedding $\pmb{spec}(\mathbb{Z}/(p)) \subset \pmb{spec}(\mathbb{Z})$ embeds this circle… Read more »

Last time we did recall Manin’s comparisons between some approaches to geometry over the absolute point $\pmb{spec}(\mathbb{F}_1)$ and trends in the history of art. In the comments to that post, Javier LopezPena wrote that he and Oliver Lorscheid briefly contemplated the idea of extending Manin’s artsydictionary to all approaches they did draw on their Map… Read more »

In his paper Cyclotomy and analytic geometry over $\mathbb{F}_1$ Yuri I. Manin sketches and compares four approaches to the definition of a geometry over $\mathbb{F}_1$, the elusive field with one element. He writes : “Preparing a colloquium talk in Paris, I have succumbed to the temptation to associate them with some dominant trends in the… Read more »

This is a belated response to a MathOverflow exchange between Thomas Riepe and Chandan Singh Dalawat asking for a possible connection between Connes’ noncommutative geometry approach to the Riemann hypothesis and the Langlands program. Here’s the punchline : a large chunk of the ConnesMarcolli book Noncommutative Geometry, Quantum Fields and Motives can be read as… Read more »

A feeble attempt to translate the Marcollipost by the ‘wiskundemeisjes’.

Manin proposes the idea of projecting spec(Z[x]) not only onto spec(Z), but also to a geometric axis by considering the integers as an algebra over the field with one element.

In the series “Brave new geometries” we give an introduction to ‘strange’ but exciting new ideas. We start with Grothendieck’s schemerevolution, go on with Soule’s geometry over the field with one element, Mazur’s arithmetic topology, Grothendieck’s anabelian geometry, Connes’ noncommutative geometry etc.

At the MaxPlanck Institute in Bonn Yuri Manin gave a talk about the field of one element, $\mathbb{F}_1 $ earlier this week entitled “Algebraic and analytic geometry over the field F_1”. Moreover, Javier LopezPena and Bram Mesland will organize a weekly “F_un Study Seminar” starting next tuesday. Over at Noncommutative Geometry there is an Update… Read more »

Amidst all LHCnoise, Yuri I. Manin arXived today an interesting paper Cyclotomy and analytic geometry over $\mathbb{F}_1 $. The paper gives a nice survey of the existent literature and focusses on the crucial role of roots of unity in the algebraic geometry over the nonexistent field with one element $\mathbb{F}_1 $ (in French called ‘Fun’)…. Read more »

Referring to the triple of exceptional Galois groups $L_2(5),L_2(7),L_2(11) $ and its connection to the Platonic solids I wrote : “It sure seems that surprises often come in triples…”. Briefly I considered replacing triples by trinities, but then, I didnt want to sound too mystic… David Corfield of the ncategory cafe and a dialogue on… Read more »

Exactly one year ago this blog was briefly renamed MoonshineMath. The concept being that it would focus on the mathematics surrounding the monster group & moonshine. Well, I got as far as the Mathieu groups… After a couple of months, I changed the name back to neverendingbooks because I needed the freedom to post on… Read more »

All esoteric subjects have their own secret (sacred) texts. If you opened the Da Vinci Code (or even better, the original The Holy blood and the Holy grail) you will known about a mysterious collection of documents, known as the “Dossiers secrets“, deposited in the Bibliothèque nationale de France on 27 April 1967, which is… Read more »

MUBs (for Mutually Unbiased Bases) are quite popular at the moment. Kea is running a miniseries Mutual Unbias as is Carl Brannen. Further, the Perimeter Institute has a good website for its seminars where they offer streaming video (I like their MacromediaFlash format giving video and slides/blackboard shots simultaneously, in distinct windows) including a talk… Read more »

Here a list of saved pdffiles of previous NeverEndingBooksposts on geometry in reverse chronological order.

Yesterday, Yuri Manin and Matilde Marcolli arXived their paper Modular shadows and the LevyMellin infinityadic transform which is a followup of their previous paper Continued fractions, modular symbols, and noncommutative geometry. They motivate the title of the recent paper by : In [MaMar2](http://www.arxiv.org/abs/hepth/0201036), these and similar results were put in connection with the so called… Read more »

Who was the first mathematician to give a slide show talk? I don’t have the definite answer to this question, but would like to offer a strong candidate : Hermann Minkowski gave the talk “Zur Geometrie der Zahlen” (On the geometry of numbers) before the third ICM in 1904 in Heidelberg and even the title… Read more »

Now that my nongeometry post is linked via the comments in this stringcoffeetable post which in turn is available through a trackback from the KontsevichSoibelman paper it is perhaps useful to add a few links. The little I’ve learned from reading about Connesstyle noncommutative geometry is this : if you have a situation where a… Read more »
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