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  • Question: Can you suggest some classical papers about elliptic curves? I want to read the masters.
    Answer: These are my favorites:
    Cassels:         Diophantine equations with special reference to 
                     elliptic curves.
    Lang, Tate:      Principal homogeneous spaces over abelian varieties 
    Birch:           Elliptic curves over Q: A progress report
    Birch & SD:      Elliptic curves and modular forms (in "Antwerp IV")
    Swinnerton-Dyer: The Conjectures of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer, and of Tate
    Tate:            The Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves
    Tate:            On the Conjectures of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer 
                     and a Geometric Analogue
  • Question: That's great! One more thing: how do I find out which magazines they come from? and what date?
    Answer: It's trivial if you have access to MathSciNet, and quite difficult otherwise. The URL for MathSciNet is You probably won't be able to access this URL from your home computer, unless you have a university dial up account, but you will definitely be able to access that URL from any university that has a significant number of math journals.