Colloquium abstracts

Otmar Venjakob
Universitat Heidelberg, Germany
March 11, 2010

Are L-functions able to solve Diophantine equations?:  An introduction to (non-commutative) Iwasawa theory
Starting from old problems in diophantine geometry we first try to explain how Iwasawa was motivated to develop classical Iwasawa theory. Then we describe the generalisations towards non-commutative Iwasawa theory and we shall make some comments on known results.