I will discuss "point counting" in two broad senses: counting the intersections between a trascendental variety and an algebraic one; and counting the number of algebraic points, as a function of degree and height, on a transcendental variety. After reviewing the fundamental results in this area - from the theory of o-minimal structures and the Pila-Wilkie theorem, I will restrict attention to the case that the transcendental variety is given in terms of a leaf of an algebraic foliation, and everything is defined over a number field. It turns out that in this case far stronger estimates can be obtained.

Applying the above to foliations associated to principal G-bundles on various moduli spaces, many classical application of the Pila-Wilkie theorem can be sharpened and effectivized. In particular I will discuss issues around effectivity and polynomial-time solvability for the Andre-Oort conjecture, unlikely intersections in abelian schemes, and some related directions.

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Mike Bennett (University of British Columbia)

Philipp Habegger (University of Basel)

Alina Ostafe (UNSW Sydney)


Gal Binyamini

Research Area

Number Theory Seminar


Weizmann Institute of Science


Tue, 27/10/2020 - 9:00pm


RC-4082, The Red Centre, UNSW