February 4, 2011 from 16:00 to 18:00 (Montreal/Miami time) On location
The Mahler measure of an $n$-variable polynomial $P$ is the integral of $log|P|$ over the $n$-dimensional unit torus $T^n$ with respect to the Haar measure. Moreover, it is often connected to special values of $L$-functions. These conections can often be explained in terms of number theoretic statements that relate L-functions to periods (such as Beilinson's conjectures). We are going to explore examples of these relationships.
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