Undergraduate Algebraic Geometry

Undergraduate Algebraic Geometry

Paperback Cambridge Classical Studies

By (author) Miles Reid, Series edited by J. W. Bruce

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  • Format: Paperback | 140 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 12mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521356628
  • ISBN 13: 9780521356626
  • Illustrations note: line diagrams
  • Sales rank: 385,960

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Algebraic geometry is, essentially, the study of the solution of equations and occupies a central position in pure mathematics. This short and readable introduction to algebraic geometry will be ideal for all undergraduate mathematicians coming to the subject for the first time. With the minimum of prerequisites, Dr Reid introduces the reader to the basic concepts of algebraic geometry including: plane conics, cubics and the group law, affine and projective varieties, and non-singularity and dimension. He is at pains to stress the connections the subject has with commutative algebra as well as its relation to topology, differential geometry, and number theory. The book arises from an undergraduate course given at the University of Warwick and contains numerous examples and exercises illustrating the theory.

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"Before Reid's volume there was hardly anything to recommend at the undergraduate level...Reid's book is fun; it is filled with examples, applications, asides, gossip...What it does, it does well, and there is nothing comparable." Choice "...at a level advanced undergraduates will understand and appreciate." Mathematics Magazine "...the author leads the student on a lively, interesting, down-to-earth tour of the fundamental algebraic geometry...with some welcome, provocative comments..." American Mathematical Monthly

Table of contents

1. Playing with plane curves; 2. The category of affine varieties; 3. Applications; Index.