Primes which are a sum of two squares

Scott Kirila

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Zoom ID 573 239 4086

In this lecture, we look at when a prime number, p, can be written as a sum of two squared integers. A big theorem covered in a typical undergraduate course on number theory says this happens precisely when p=2 or p is congruent to 1 modulo 4. We go through the standard proof of this fact, as well as (time permitting) some uncommon proofs.

This lecture should be approachable by anyone who followed the first two lectures on the Infinity of Primes.

This talk is in the CoronaVirusLecture Series. The video and the .pdf file of the slides will be posted on that page after the talk.

Event contact: iosevich at gmail dot com