By J. E. Cremona

Elliptic curves are of primary and becoming significance in computational quantity thought, with a variety of purposes in such parts as cryptography, primality checking out and factorisation. This ebook, now in its moment version, provides an intensive remedy of many algorithms about the mathematics of elliptic curves, with comments on computing device implementation. it really is in 3 elements. First, the writer describes intimately the development of modular elliptic curves, giving an specific set of rules for his or her computation utilizing modular symbols. Secondly a set of algorithms for the mathematics of elliptic curves is gifted; a few of these haven't seemed in ebook shape ahead of. They comprise: discovering torsion and non-torsion issues, computing heights, discovering isogenies and classes, and computing the rank. ultimately, an intensive set of tables is supplied giving the result of the author's implementation of the algorithms. those tables expand the generally used 'Antwerp IV tables' in methods: the variety of conductors (up to 1000), and the extent of element given for every curve. particularly, the amounts in terms of the Birch Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture were computed in each one case and are incorporated. All researchers and graduate scholars of quantity thought will locate this booklet helpful, rather these attracted to the computational aspect of the topic. That element will make it charm additionally to desktop scientists and coding theorists.

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Hence, provided that we have computed the periods and then c 4 and c6 to sufficient precision, we will be able to recognize the corresponding exact integer values. This only presents practical difficulties when c4 and c6 are large, since standard double precision arithmetic only yields around 16 decimal places. In several cases this means that we can recognize c4 , but the last digit or digits of c6 are undetermined. One obvious way round these difficulties is to use multiprecision arithmetic, though the resulting programs are slower, which can be an important consideration when large numbers of curves are being processed.

But in this case Ef has rank 3 (computed via two-descent, though finding three independent points of infinite order is easy and shows that the rank is at least 3), so again the analytic rank must be at least 3, and is therefore exactly 3 as before. The results of Kolyvagin in [29] imply that when L(f, s) has a zero of order r = 0 or 1 at s = 1 then3 the rank of Ef is exactly r. For the tables we also verified that the rank of Ef (Q) was r directly in almost all cases (the exceptions being curves where the coefficients were so large that the two-descent algorithm, described in the next chapter, would have taken too long to run).

It remains to compute the real numbers x and y. We describe two methods: the first computes periods directly, while the second computes them indirectly by computing L(f ⊗χ, 1) for suitable quadratic characters χ. The latter method is in certain cases more accurate (in that fewer ap are needed for the same accuracy) but cannot be used when N is a perfect square, as we shall see below. Observe that the cycles γ ± do not enter into the calculations directly, but are merely used to define x and y. Also, if either v + or v − is replaced by a scalar multiple of itself, then γ + and γ − (and hence x and y) are scaled down by the same amount, but λj and µj are scaled up.

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