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Algebraic Geometry

An Introduction


Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)

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Aimed primarily at graduate students and beginning researchers, this book provides an introduction to algebraic geometry that is particularly suitable for those with no previous contact with the subject and assumes only the standard background of undergraduate algebra. It is developed from a masters course given at the Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, and focusses on projective algebraic geometry over an algebraically closed base field.

The book starts with easily-formulated problems with non-trivial solutions – for example, Bézout’s theorem and the problem of rational curves – and uses these problems to introduce the fundamental tools of modern algebraic geometry: dimension; singularities; sheaves; varieties; and cohomology. The treatment uses as little commutative algebra as possible by quoting without proof (or proving only in special cases) theorems whose proof is not necessary in practice, the priority being to develop an understanding of the phenomena rather than a mastery of the technique. A range of exercises is provided for each topic discussed, and a selection of problems and exam papers are collected in an appendix to provide material for further study.


Algebra Arithmetic Riemann-Roch theorem algebraic geometry cohomology curves dimension geometry projective geometry proof sheaves singular points theorem

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  1. 1.Département de MathématiquesBât. 425 Faculté des Sciences d'Orsay Université Paris-Sud 11Orsay CedexFrance

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From the reviews:

"The book under review, Algebraic Geometry, by Daniel Perrin, is an introductory text on modern algebraic geometry. It is aimed to be the text for a first basic course for graduate students. … is very nicely written (and very nicely translated into English too). … Perrin has included many, many remarks aimed to explain and deconstruct definitions and theorems. I believe these remarks will be very valuable to the reader in order to gain the very much needed intuition for the theory." (Álvaro Lozano-Robledo, MathDL, May, 2008)

"The book under review is the faithful translation into English of D. Perrin’s popular French text ‘Géométrie algébrique. Une introduction.’ … will be to the greatest benefit of the wide international community of students, teachers, and beginning researchers in the field of modern algebraic geometry. Also, we would like to emphasize again that this primer is perfectly suitable for a one-semester graduate course on the subject, and for profound self-study just as well." (Werner Kleinert, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1132 (10), 2008)

“This is the English translation of an outstanding textbook, originally published in French. … Appendices contain a summary of results from commutative algebra used in this book and a short introduction to scheme theory. Anyone looking for a textbook on algebraic geometry that starts with the basics and presents a lot of material in a digestible way … will find this volume an excellent choice.” (Ch. Baxa, Monatshefte für Mathematik, Vol. 160 (4), July, 2010)