Equidistribution in Number Theory, An Introduction
From July 11th to July 22nd, 2005, a NATO advanced study institute, as part of the series “Seminaire ´ de mathematiques ´ superieures”, ´ was held at the U- versite ´ de Montreal, ´ on the subject Equidistribution in the theory of numbers. There were about one hundred participants from sixteen countries around the world. This volume presents details of the lecture series that were given at the school. Across the broad panorama of topics that constitute modern number t- ory one nds shifts of attention and focus as more is understood and better questions are formulated. Over the last decade or so we have noticed incre- ing interest being paid to distribution problems, whether of rational points, of zeros of zeta functions, of eigenvalues, etc. Although these problems have been motivated from very di?erent perspectives, one nds that there is much in common, and presumably it is healthy to try to view such questions as part of a bigger subject. It is for this reason we decided to hold a school on “Equidistribution in number theory” to introduce junior researchers to these beautiful questions, and to determine whether di?erent approaches can in uence one another. There are far more good problems than we had time for in our schedule. We thus decided to focus on topics that are clearly inter-related or do not requirealotofbackgroundtounderstand.
Focus on distribution questions in number theory Very broad view of the emergence of this exciting new school of thought Motivated surveys of up-to-date research by truly leading researchers Detailed introductions to key subjects from outstanding expositors