18.785 Analytic Number Theory

Spring 2007

Image of prime numbers up to 100 generated by the Sieve of Eratosthenes.
The prime numbers (highlighted above) were identified using the Sieve of Eratosthenes. Named after the ancient Greek mathematician and scientist, Eratosthenes, it is an algorithm for identifying all prime numbers up to a given number n (in this case, up to 100). (Image by MIT OCW.)

Course Description

This course is an introduction to analytic number theory, including the use of zeta functions and L-functions to prove distribution results concerning prime numbers (e.g., the prime number theorem in arithmetic progressions).
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Prof. Kiran Kedlaya

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session