Instructor: 
Nils Bruin nbruin@sfu.ca SC K 10507 (778) 782 3794 

Webpage:  http://www.cecm.sfu.ca/~nbruin/math894ES  
Textbook: 
Silverman, Joseph H. Advanced topics in the arithmetic of elliptic curves.
Graduate Texts in Mathematics, 151. SpringerVerlag, New York, 1994.
xii+400 pp. ISBN: 0387943285 Background material and prerequisites: 

Pre/corequisite:  A working knowledge of elliptic curves (as for instance presented in Silverman's "Arithmetic of elliptic curves") is essential. Knowledge and experience with algebraic geometry and algebraic number theory are also helpful. Exact prerequisites and determination if this course is suitable for any particular student can be discussed with the instructor.  
Meetings:  AQ 5048, Thursdays, 12:30  14:20 First meeting September 12 

Goal and format: 
The group will meet weekly for a two hour session. Participants will present on different topics, which will be
assigned at an organizational meeting at the start of term. In addition, there will be regular assignments (with
questions taken from the course text). Some of these problems will be presented and discussed by the participants as
well.
Lecturers, as a guideline, should prepare a lecture of about an hour. Our time slot allows for overrun and discussion. 

Grading: 


Topics:  The core material to be covered in this course consists of Chapters III, IV from the course text.


Lecture schedule: 
