Ehud de Shalit (HUJI)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 15:00 – 16:15, -101


The conjecture of Loxton and var der Poorten is a criterion for a formal power series to be the expansion at 0 of a rational function, and is related to a famous theorem of Cobham in the theory of finite automata. It was proved by Adamczewski and Bell in 2013. Recently, Schafke and Singer found a novel approach that lead also to a simple conceptual proof of Cobham’s theorem. We shall explain these results and the cohomological machinery behind them, and discuss what is missing from the picture to establish an elliptic analogue.