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Algebraic Geometry over the Complex Numbers

  • Contains a rapid introduction to complex algebraic geometry Includes background material on topology, manifold theory and sheaf theory

  • Analytic and algebraic approaches are developed somewhat in parallel

  • Easy-going style will not intimidate newcomers to algebraic geometry


Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction through Examples

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Donu Arapura
      Pages 3-17
  3. Sheaves and Geometry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Donu Arapura
      Pages 21-47
    3. Donu Arapura
      Pages 49-78
    4. Donu Arapura
      Pages 79-96
    5. Donu Arapura
      Pages 97-115
    6. Donu Arapura
      Pages 117-136
    7. Donu Arapura
      Pages 137-153
  4. Hodge Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Donu Arapura
      Pages 157-167
    3. Donu Arapura
      Pages 169-177
    4. Donu Arapura
      Pages 179-188
    5. Donu Arapura
      Pages 189-201
    6. Donu Arapura
      Pages 203-221
    7. Donu Arapura
      Pages 223-236
    8. Donu Arapura
      Pages 237-251
  5. Coherent Cohomology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Donu Arapura
      Pages 255-264

About this book


This textbook is a strong addition to existing introductory literature on algebraic geometry. The author’s treatment combines the study of algebraic geometry with differential and complex geometry and unifies these subjects using sheaf-theoretic ideas. It is also an ideal text for showing students the connections between algebraic geometry, complex geometry, and topology, and brings the reader close to the forefront of research in Hodge theory and related fields.

Unique features of this textbook:

- Contains a rapid introduction to complex algebraic geometry

- Includes background material on topology, manifold theory and sheaf theory

- Analytic and algebraic approaches are developed somewhat in parallel The presentation is easy going, elementary, and well illustrated with examples.

“Algebraic Geometry over the Complex Numbers” is intended for graduate level courses in algebraic geometry and related fields. It can be used as a main text for a second semester graduate course in algebraic geometry with emphasis on sheaf theoretical methods or a more advanced graduate course on algebraic geometry and Hodge Theory.


Hodge theory algebraic geometry algebraic variety complex manifold complex numbers sheaf sheaf-theoretic method

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Department of MathematicsPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

About the authors

Donu Arapura is a Professor of Mathematics at Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1985. Dr. Arapura’s primary research includes algebraic geometry, and he has written and co-written several publications ranging from Hodge cycles to cohomology.

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From the reviews:

“The book under review evolved from various courses in algebraic geometry the author taught at Purdue University. It is intended for graduate level courses on algebraic geometry over C. … Every section of each chapter ends with a series of exercises that complement the treated material, sometimes asking to give proofs of stated results. … This work can serve as a textbook in an introductory course in algebraic geometry with a strong emphasis on its transcendental aspects, or as a reference book on the subject.” (Pietro De Poi, Mathematical Reviews, June, 2013)

“Masterful mathematical expositors guide readers along a meaningful journey. … Every student should read this book first before grappling with any of those bibles. … This is an advanced book in its own right … . Arapura’s knack for doing things in the simplest possible way and explaining the ‘why’ makes for much easier reading than one might reasonably expect. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (D. V. Feldman, Choice, Vol. 50 (5), January, 2013)

“The book under review is a welcome addition to the literature on complex algebraic geometry. The approach chosen by the author balances the algebraic and transcendental approaches and unifies them by using sheaf theoretical methods. … This is a well-written text … with plenty of examples to illustrate the ideas being discussed.” (Felipe Zaldivar, The Mathematical Association of America, June, 2012)

“Book provides a very lucid, vivid, and versatile first introduction to algebraic geometry, with strong emphasis on its transcendental aspects. The author provides a broad panoramic view of the subject, illustrated with numerous instructive examples and interlarded with a wealth of hints for further reading. Indeed, the balance between rigor, intuition, and completeness in the presentation of the material is absolutely reasonable for such an introductory course book, and … it may serve as an excellent guide to the great standard texts in the field.” (Werner Kleinert, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1235, 2012)