The study of geometric objects defined by polynomial equations, as well as their generalizations: algebraic curves, such as elliptic curves, and more generally algebraic varieties, schemes, etc. Problems under this tag typically involve techniques of abstract algebra or complex-analytic methods. ...

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Intersection of Algebraic Topology/Geometry and Model Theory/Set Theory

Is there any intersection between the ideas of Algebraic Topology/Geometry (I know that there is most certainly a non-trivial intersection between Algebraic Geometry, Algebraic Topology, Arithmetic ...
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How to show in a clean way that $z^4 + (x^2 + y^2 - 1)(2x^2 + 3y^2-1) = 0$ is a torus?

How to show in a clean way that the zero-locus of $$z^4 + (x^2 + y^2 - 1)(2x^2 + 3y^2-1) = 0$$ is a torus?
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Proving that the genus of a nonsingular plane curve is $\frac{(d-1)(d-2)}{2}$

I'm studying from Joseph Silverman's book The Arithmetic Of Elliptic Curves and I'm trying to do as many exercises as I can. Right now I'm trying to do Exercise 2.7 from chapter II which reads as ...
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History of Algebraic Geometry: Motivation behind definition of schemes

I am trying to read an article by Jean Dieudonne which talks about development of Algebraic Geometry. The article was being published in the journal "Advances in Mathematics" Volume 3, Issue 3, Pages ...
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How to properly use GAGA correspondence

currently studying algebraic surfaces over the complex numbers. Before i did some algebraic geometry (I,II,start of III of Hartshorne) and a course on Riemann surfaces. Now i understood that by GAGA, ...
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Hilbert's Original Proof of the Nullstellensatz

Does anyone have a link to Hilbert's Original Proof of the Nullstellensatz, or know a book where it's printed? I'd be interested to see what it was like. I only really know the Noether normalisation ...
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Isomorphism between quotient rings of $K[X,Y]$

Let $K$ be a field of characteristic $0$ and $m,n\in\mathbb Z$, $m,n\ge 1$. Prove that $$K[X,Y]/(X^2-Y^m)\simeq K[X,Y]/(X^2-Y^n)$$ if and only if $m=n$. (Related to Isomorphism between quotient rings ...
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intuition on the projection formula

For a morphism $f:X\rightarrow Y$, locally free sheaf $\mathcal{G}$ on $Y$, and a quasi-coherent sheaf $\mathcal{G}$ on $X$, we have the projection formula ...
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Global Optimization and Real Algebraic Geometry

Wikipedia suggests that: "Methods based on real algebraic geometry" are some of the "most successful general strategies" for solving global optimization problems. Could someone suggest an reference ...
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What is the most influential work of Grothendieck in mathematics?

Recently Alexander Grothendieck has passed away but his mathematical wave is still alive and passes its growth ages. It is hard to describe the influence of such a great man in mathematics just in few ...
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Is a linear combination of minors irreducible?

Let $X=(X_{ij})_{1\le i,j\le n}$ be a matrix of indeterminates over $\mathbb C$. For choices $I,J\subseteq\{1,\ldots,n\}$ with $|I|=|J|=k$ denote by $X_{I\times J}$ the matrix $(X_{ij})_{i\in I,j\in ...
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Geometric Explanation of Tamagawa Numbers

Sometimes in order to understand a concept thoroughly we need to have a algebraic view ( in terms of equations ) and corresponding geometric view. My interest always lies with understanding the ...
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A Genetic Introduction to Algebraic Geometry

I am a big fan of "genetic introductions" in mathematics, i.e. where the ideas are introduced in the order they were developed along with why they were introduced, as opposed to the ...
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Why are period integrals naïve periods?

Apologies for the long question. I recall the definition of a (naïve) period according to Kontsevitch and Zagier [KS]: A (naïve) period is a complex number whose real and imaginary parts are ...
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What is Spec of the Adeles?

Let $K$ be a global field and $A_K$ the ring of adeles. What are the prime ideals of $A_K$? I have been told that a full proof of this is quite subtle, but have been unable to find a reference ...
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geometric motivation for negative self-intersection

consider the blow-up of the plane in one point. Let $E$ the exceptional divisor. We know that $(E,E)=-1$. Which is the geometrical reason for which the auto-intersection of $E$ is $-1$? In general ...
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Connections between K-Theory and PDEs?

I've recently spent some time learning (the very basics of) K-theory for $C^*$-algebras and topological K-theory. Actually, my main fields of interest are PDEs and related topics, in particular ...
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Usefulness of completion in commutative algebra

After studying about the completion of a module $M$ over a ring $A$ (e.g. $I$-adic completion), I am left with the following questions: (i) What is the usefulness of the concept of completion in ...
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Irreducibility of Polynomials in $k[x,y]$

I'm working through some Hartshorne problems and have noticed that in order to do certain problems properly one must prove a given polynomial $f\in k[x,y]$ is irreducible. For example, in problem ...
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What is the intuition behind the concept of Tate twists?

For any field $K$ we can define the cyclotomic character $\chi: \operatorname{Gal}(K)\rightarrow GL_1(\hat{\mathbb{Z}})$. For any representation $V$ (I will view this as a module over ...
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Where do Chern classes live? $c_1(L)\in \textrm{?}$

If $X$ is a complex manifold, one can define the first Chern class of $L\in \textrm{Pic}\,X$ to be its image in $H^2(X,\textbf Z)$, by using the exponential sequence. So one can write something like ...
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What is an intuitive meaning of genus?

I read from the Finnish version of the book "Fermat's last theorem, Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem", written by Amir D. Aczel, that genus describes how many handles there are ...
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Localization at a prime ideal is a reduced ring

Here is the question that I came up with, which I am having trouble proving or disproving: Let $A$ be a ring (commutative). Let $p \in Spec(A)$ such that $A_p$ is reduced. Then there exists an open ...
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Motivation for stable curves

I was looking at Deligne-Mumford's paper on the irreducibility of the space of curves of a given genus, and it seems that they generalize the notion of a smooth curve to a "stable curve." I'm a little ...
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What are some applications outside of mathematics for algebraic geometry?

Are there any results from algebraic geometry that have led to an interesting "real world" application?
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What are normal schemes intuitively?

A ring is called integrally closed if it is an integral domain and is equal to its integral closure in its field of fractions. A scheme is called normal if every stalk is integrally closed. Some ...
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Favourite applications of the Nakayama Lemma

Inspired by a recent question on the nilradical of an absolutely flat ring, what are some of your favourite applications of the Nakayama Lemma? It would be good if you outlined a proof for the result ...
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2-Torsion Group Scheme

Consider the elliptic curve $zy^2 + z^2y = x^3.$ I would like to explictly compute the 2-torsion group scheme, $E[2],$ over $\mathbf{Spec}(\mathbb{Z}_2),$ but I'm having a tough time writing down the ...
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Stacks are just sheaves up to Isomorphism

I have heard that one can think of stacks on a site as taking sheaves but instead of the restrictions being equal, we just loosen it to isomorphic, and treat the sheaf conditions with the "obvious" ...
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Real points of a complex curve

Since the "real points" of a complex curve can mean a couple of different things, bear with me while I'm annoyingly formal here. Consider first a cubic curve $y^2 = x^3 + a x + b$. Write $$S := \{ ...
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$\mathbb A^n(k)$ and $\mathbb A^n(k)\setminus \{0\}$ are not homeomorphic

Let $k$ be an algebraic closed field. Why $\mathbb A^n(k)$ and $\mathbb A^n(k)\setminus\{0\}$ (for $n>1$) are not homeomorphic with respect to the Zariski topology?
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Equivalent definitions of Noetherian topological space

It is well known that we have many different definitions of noetherianity for rings. Namely, given a ring $R$, the following are equivalent: 1) every ideal of $R$ is finitely generated. 2) $R$ ...
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What is the homotopy type of the affine space in the Zariski topology..?

I'm asking this question out of curiosity, as I was unable to come to a conclusion. Consider the affine space over an algebraically closed field, for concreteness we can work with $\mathbb{C}^{n}$. ...
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Is a scheme with a single closed point affine?

Let $X$ be a quasi-compact, separated scheme with a single closed point. Is $X$ necessarily affine, and thus isomorphic to the spectrum of a local ring? I could not think of a counter-example; is ...
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Variety of pairs of product-zero matrices

Here's an old qualifying exam question I got stuck on. Consider the variety $X$ of pairs of matrices $(A,B)$ satisfying $AB = BA = 0$ (with entries in some field). What are the irreducible components ...
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Can the number of solutions $xy(x-y-1)=n$ for $x,y,n \in Z$ be unbounded as n varies?

Can the number of solutions $xy(x-y-1)=n$ for $x,y,n \in Z$ be unbounded as n varies? x,y are integral points on an Elliptic Curve and are easy to find using enumeration of divisors of n (assuming n ...
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What geometrical obstructions to $M$ being flat do elements which map to 0 in $M \otimes I$ represent?

I'm trying to get geometric intuition for the notion of a flat module over a ring, and am running into some problems with my intuition. I am comfortable with flat modules and tensor products from the ...
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Algebraic Geometry Text Recommendation

I need to learn about Algebraic Geometry (perhaps from in the context of finite fields) and am looking for a recommendation for a text. Now, I've already done a search and checked out what was ...
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Meaning of closed points of a scheme

This is a question in Liu's book. Let $X$ be a quasi-compact scheme. Show that $X$ contains a closed point. Well I'm unable to do this question, so any help would be appreciated. This question also ...
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Why is there no polynomial parametrization for the circle?

How does one show that the unit circle admits no polynomial parametrization? What is needed for this, are there general criteria? Thanks
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Why is Hodge more difficult than Tate?

There are strong connections between the Hodge and the Tate conjectures, mainly at the level of similarities and analogies. To quote from an answer of Matthew Emerton on MathOverflow: "[...] we ...
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Learning schemes

Could someone suggest me how to learn some basic theory of schemes? I have two books from algebraic geometry, namely "Diophantine Geometry" from Hindry and Silverman and "Algebraic geometry and ...
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Good problems in Algebraic Geometry

I am now using Fulton's book Algebraic Curves to learn algebraic geometry from and have just finished chapter 2. However I feel that the problems are not very inspiring (at the moment at least) and ...
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The algebraic de Rham complex

Let $A$ be a commutative $R$-algebra (or more generally a morphism of ringed spaces). Then there is an "algebraic de Rham complex" of $R$-linear maps $A=\Omega^0_{A/R} \xrightarrow{d^0} \Omega^1_{A/R} ...
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How are the Tate-Shafarevich group and class group supposed to be cognates?

How can one consider the Tate-Shafarevich group and class group of a field to be analogues? I have heard many authors and even many expository papers saying so, class group as far as I know is ...
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Are sets given in parametric form always algebraic?

If a set is given in parametric form by polynomials, is this set always closed (Zariski topology), i.e algebraic? For example, take $X=\{(t,t^{2},t^{3}): t \in \mathbb{A}^{1}\}$ and ...
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What is a concrete example of why one wants to have a *derived category* in algebraic geometry?

My question asks for a concrete (and hopefully easy) example, why one wants to derive things in algebraic geometry. I heard, that a resolution of an object by free ones behaves much better than the ...
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How are $Spec \mathbb{Q}, Spec \mathbb{R}, Spec \mathbb{C}$ etc different?

By definition $Spec k$ is a point for any field $k$. So $Spec \mathbb{Q}, Spec \mathbb{R}, Spec \mathbb{C}$ etc are all the same as topological spaces. But according to the natural inclusion map $$ ...
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Algebraic versus topological line bundles

Let $X$ be a CW complex. The (isomorphism classes of) complex line bundles on $X$ are classified by the homotopy classes of maps $X \to \mathbb{CP}^\infty$, that is by the elements of $H^2(X, ...
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Why do we need noetherianness (or something like it) for Serre's criterion for affineness?

Serre's criterion for affineness (Hartshorne III.3.7) states that: Let $X$ be a noetherian scheme. Suppose $H^1(X, \mathcal{F})= 0$ for every quasi-coherent sheaf on $X$. Then $X$ is affine. ...